APL is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Art Exhibition Program that is being piloted in the Pine Hills Branch at 517 Western Avenue. That location will host biannual art exhibitions of local artists.
“Albany Public Library is thrilled to bring the work of talented local artists to the walls of the lovely Pine Hills Branch,” said Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “We love the idea of creating a space where people can explore words and images in a meaningful way.”
The opening reception for the inaugural exhibition, “A Fine Line,” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Pine Hills Branch. The reception is free and open to the public. “A Fine Line” will remain on display through Sept. 7 and can be viewed during regular branch hours.
Discussions about the new exhibition program started in 2011 with members of the library staff and board. A planning committee was formed and organizers received guidance from members of the local arts community — including Sharon Bates of the Albany International Airport, Janet Riker of the University at Albany, Tammis Groft of the Albany Institute of History and Art, and Christine Miles of Miles Consulting – in order to shape program goals and advise on policies.
“Displaying artwork within a library setting provides a wonderful opportunity for the viewer to explore concepts that are new, unfamiliar, or inspiring through the wealth of resources on surrounding shelves,” said Art Exhibition Coordinator Kara Jefts. “I think it is a really exciting opportunity for both artists and patrons to explore relationships between art and idea.”
Questions about the new Art Exhibition Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.