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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Artists & Displays

Monthly Artists & Displays

Stop by the libraries every month to see changing displays featuring beautiful works of art and interesting collections, artifacts, or memorabilia--all contributed by the creative, talented people that live right alongside you in your community.

May 2016:

Do you have an interesting collection to share?

We're always looking for community members who wish to share their talents at the library each month. 

Displays provide exposure to the work of artisans and artists, or provide information on subjects of general interest to the public. The display cases are secured. For more information call your local branch or contact us.

Central Ridge Branch

100 year old

Display: "Older Than Dirt"

In our May display, "Older Than Dirt," we are recognizing people, businesses and things that are near or more than 100; whether it be years of just counting.

Citrus County resident, Glen Bortell, turned 100 in 2014 but has since passed. Another resident, Dante Caldera, turned 100 in April 2016 and continues to reside in our county.

We hope you enjoy viewing the display. If you have any questions, please visit the front desk.

Coastal Region Branch

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Artist: Sharon Harris

This month's featured artist is Sharon Harris. Sharon is an award winning painter and has painted around the world. She is a supporter of the Arts, frequently teaching an exhibiting her work through Florida.





Display: Models

Stop by the Coastal Region Library and check out a unique collection of models of various military vehicles. Be sure to take a close look to see all of the intricate details that went into creating these amazing creations. 

You may have seen some of these award winning models at the local fair!  

Floral City Branch

Artist: John Romaine, Colored Pencil

John’s passion for drawing began at an early age, for creating art was truly one of the only things he could sit and work at for any length of time. Although he had become a proficient painter, by his late twenties he chose to draw primarily with colored pencils on Canson pastel papers. Over the years this combination has produced his finest realism and truly sensitive drawings. Lately, his outdoor scenic sketches and nature studies are particularly strong. They often evoke his colorful and unusual view into our world. Land and seascapes, as well as people and animal portraits have been some of his favorite subject matter.

Join us on Tuesday, March 8th from 1 to 4 PM to meet and greet John. This is an opportunity to view John’s drawings and see him creating a work in progress.

Homosassa Branch

 Jan Vermilya



 Jan Vermilya


Artists: Jan Vermilya & Liz Meeks

Jan Vermilya is a self-trained artist who has been expressing herself artistically since early childhood. She currently paints on canvas using acrylics or oil paints, but has done watercolors and other painting styles in the past. Now that she is retired, Jan paints on anything that doesn't run away (that includes furniture and murals.) Her items reflect her love of the outdoors and nature.


Liz Meeks grew up in New England and lived in various states before settling on the west coast of Florida in 1997. She is a formally trained artist who has studied at many art schools, including the University of Minnesota and the Chester Springs Art School. Liz considers her works to be an integration of Impressionism, American Abstraction, and Expressionism styles.

Display: Smaller Artworks by Jan Vermilya

During the month of May, you can view some of local artist Jan Vermilya's smaller works in our library's display case. See miniature canvas paintings so detailed you'll wonder how she did them, along with felted gift boxes and other framed canvas works.

To see more of Jan's art, follow her on Facebook at

Lakes Region Branch




Artist: Susan Strawbridge

Susan Strawbridge is a watercolor artist based on Florida’s West Coast. She has been painting a series focusing on natural subjects with an emphasis on color and how light falling across these subjects reveals them in a new and interesting way. 

Her work has been exhibited in Florida, New York and in the Midwest. Her paintings have been included in the annual Florida Watercolor Society’s annual exhibitions and in their on-line non-signature member exhibition. Her work can be seen at the Florida Artists Gallery in Floral City, Florida.

Susan and her husband, John W. Strawbridge, an illustrator and designer, reside in Inverness, Florida. Susan works at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where she finds daily inspiration from Florida’s wildlife and these beautiful natural surroundings.


Display: Barbara Bullock

This month in the Lakes Region library display cases we have a literary treat. Barbara Bullock is sharing her collection of story books and the dolls and toys associated with them. Come check out these vintage dolls, stuffed animals, and toys from your past. 

Some titles included are Birthday Bear and Lambert the Sheepish Lion. 

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