Friday, September 14, 2012

LIBRARIANS: PUTTING THE "READ" IN FREEDOM!

These have been trying days for librarians.
With the invention of "the intra-nets"......many people do not make it out to support their local library.
But we cannot blame it all on the world wide web!
Recently they came dangerously close to getting their funding cut.
And is it any wonder???
Our (presumedly illiterate) Mayor has no idea who Canadian trailblazing author Margaret Atwood is!!!
I MEAN COME ON!!!!
Ok...that is close to a rant...........so I will stop.....but let me show you my latest painting.
This piece will be part of my "Sign of the TImes" exhibition in October.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THAT SHOW.
This work celebrates our great institutions!

"One Answer", 24" x 24", Acrylic on Board.
So, the 'poster part' of this original painting is of the library at Queen St East and Saulter St., in Toronto. The Queen/Saulter Branch and the Ralph Thornton Centre have been housed in this beautiful heritage building since 1979 (in the former 'Postal Station G'). The Neo-classical building, built in 1918, was designed by legendary architect Edward James Lennox (he also designed 70 other AH-MAH-ZING landmarks including Old City Hall and Casa Loma).
The slogan "Libraries - putting the 'read' in freedom" is my invention!
The quote is from Neil Gaiman.
Neil is an author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films including the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.
Oh, and his BRILLIANT address to the University of the Arts is really inspirational!! (check it out)
His quote - that I borrowed is:
"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."
I LOVE IT!
The quote is painted on a trompe l'oeil library book check-out card/sleeve.
There is also a pair of horn rimmed glasses and a golden Victorian cat-and-mouse bookmark painted on this piece......the background pattern is based on a Victorian wallpaper.
I thought the kind of 'girly' background was manned-up with this very masculine building.
I am pleased with this piece!
What say you?
Come out and see it LIVE LIVE LIVE:



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