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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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.

November 2015:

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


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Artist: Karol Kusmaul  

Art Quilter 

"A great day for me is one in which I can play with my collection of thrift store shirts, skirts,pants and dresses, cutting the fabrics and arranging scenes onto batting for a new art quilt. My artquilts reflect my delight in pattern, contrast and variety. I enjoy raw edge hand applique, collaged pieces made with repurposed fabrics.

I am fascinated by human figures and faces. Many of my quilts tell personal stories of my family and experiences. As a recently retired Art Teacher, I am thrilled to commit time to exploring my own art expressions." -Karol Kusmaul (Art Teacher, Quilting Instructor, Art Quilter)


 Display: Ellen and Stephen Evans - Japanese Okimono Ivory Carvings 

These finely carved 'okimono' ivory figurines are from Japan and date from the Meiji period, 1868 to 1912. It was during this period that Japan was opened up to the West after Commander Perry's visit in 1853. Trade with whaling ships also brought sailors to Japan who were familiar with scrimshaw ivory carvings and by 1880 there was a marked interest in the West in collecting Japanese ivory carvings.

In the late 1860s, changes in dress styles in Japan affected the livelihood of traditional carvers. At this time the netsuke, a small carving used to suspend tobacco and money pouches from the belt of the kimono, was one of their main sources of income. Westerners began collecting these finely detailed carvings and Japanese craftsmen started to shape their carving towards Western tastes. This led to the development of...

Coastal Region Branch

 Nature Coast Bead Society CR

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Display: Nature Coast Bead Society

The Nature Coast Bead Society is a local group that meets every Wednesday morning at the library. They are a group of dedicated crafters that use beads to create works of art. The group has graciously provided us with some samples of their amazing work.


Visit the library this month to see some unique and intricate jewelry designs. 


Artist: Frank Sunshadow Curtis

This month's featured artist is Frank Sunshadow Curtis. Frank is a descendant of the Penobscot and Chippewa tribes.    He got his start with photography while traveling around the world with the US Coast Guard. 

Frank has been featured as an award winning artist in National Geographic.

Be sure to stop by this month and see some of Frank's wonderful photography. 

Floral City Branch

Myrna Bradshaw
Artist: Myrna Bradshaw


The air is damp, the wind calm as the sun's rays break over the horizon casting a golden glow on the glass-like surface of the lake. Suddenly the quiet hush of early morn erupts with sound as nature springs to life! With camera ready, I blend into my surroundings quietly waiting and watching...for that special moment...that "I can't believe I'm seeing this!" photo opportunity...that YOU want to see..."As I See It!"

As you experience my work, the captures will tell their story...

Enjoy – if they make you smile or brighten your time has been well spent!

Join us at the Floral City Library on Tuesday, October 6th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM as Myrna presents "The Art of Taking Better Pictures."

View more of Myrna's work at Florida Artists Gallery.Flannelboard: “Five Hungry Ants”

Five hungry ants, marching in a line,
Came upon a picnicwhere they could dine.
They marched into the salad,they marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper….uh oh, that was a mistake!
(count down)
Credit: Miss Mary Liberry

Homosassa Branch

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Display: Nature Coast Wood Carvers Club

Wood carving is one of the oldest crafts in the world-- from prehistoric peoples, to ancient Eqypt, to early Christian churches, to modern artists, wood carvings have been appreciated as fine art for centuries. Although Nature Coast Wood Carving Club hasn't quite been around for centuries, they have been officially in Citrus County since 1994, with a mission to promote carving in the community and to assist new carvers who wish to give it a try. Visitors are always welcome to their carving sessions and club meetings. The club also provides carving classes (for a nominal fee) during the year for those who wish to learn carving skills. Be sure to take a look at some of the wonderful examples of their finished work in the library's display case this month. 

For More Information Visit:


Lakes Region Branch

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Historical Society 3
Display: Nature Coast Carving Club

C'mon by Lakes Region to enjoy the new display of wood art by the members of the Nature Coast Carving Club.If you like the small sample of their quality work, reserve some time on December 5th to see their show and sale at the Fairgrounds.

Oh, and while you are checking out the woodcarvers, break out that library card and check out some books.




Artist: Wood Engravings

The Citrus County Historical Society has graciously allowed us to display several of their wood engravings of places of historical interest in Citrus County.

To see more drop by the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness.

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