Have you read "All the Light We Cannot See"?

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This novel by Anthony Doerr was the selection for the 2015 Lake Oswego Reads program. Local artists created works themed on the book. You can see their interpretations on the Wilsonville Public Library's art wall during the month of November.


June Artist at the Library

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Our June Artist of the Month is local photographer Michael Strubel. Michael's work can be seen on the Art Wall next to the New Books shelves.

Here he is in his own words:

I began taking pictures in the 60’s in Vietnam. I was drawn to the people, how their faces reflected their hearts. Though it was too painful for me to keep those photos I did keep a fascination with seeing and saving the beauty of the world and its people.

Landscapes and people are my current focus. Traveling to far places and seeking out the perfect moment when the light shows nature at its most vibrant fascinates me. It also excites me to capture the emotions of people from cultures very different from ours. Their eyes, their smiles, their joy in the simple pleasures of life speak to me of the universal human connection.

Through my lens I am enthralled with the world. My camera enables me to capture some of the small miracles life on this planet offers us and to hopefully enhance others’ appreciation of them.

20% of art sales benefit the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation.

Word & Hand

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Our May Artist of the Month is the Word and Hand Project. It is a collaborative process between Wilsonville High School students and Catlin Gabel High School students.

Eight artists are paired with eight writers. They send their work back and forth, communicating only via the creative process. Each person keeps a journal, recording their thoughts, ideas, and questions. The pairs only meet at the end of the process. The Word and Hand Project is a very creative way to combine the art of words with the art of color, paint, ink, and collage.

You might want to take your time exploring the examples of this amazing project.

Exhibits are on the Art Wall and on panels in the fiction reading area. There will be a reception on Sunday, May 17, from 4-7 pm in the library.

Five New Names

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation is recognizing five donors who qualified to have their names added to the Donor Wall inside the the Library vestibule. These donors gave $1,000 or more in 2014. We are grateful for their very generous support.

You can contribute to the Library Foundation by buying a brick in a loved one's name for $100; donate $1,000 in one calendar year and you can be added to the Donor Wall Board. We gladly accept donations of any amount to help our library thrive.

Award Winning Artist

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Our February artist of the month is Jon Bezayiff. He lives in West Linn and has pencil drawings in our permanent collection. His display features some of his favourite works from his personal collection. None of the items are for sale.

Here he is in his own words:

Jon Bezayiff, a long time resident of  West Linn and a retired automotive stylist and illustrator is a man of varied activities and interests.  Not only does perform monthly duties as a Tri-County Gun Club Range Safety Officer but he is also a serving officer in the Civil Air Patrol, one of America's largest all volunteer organizations and an auxiliary of the United States Air Force . Recently promoted to Lt. Colonel, he was honored by that organization with a national award in 2012 for his contributions to aerospace education  at the CAP's National Conference in Baltimore MD.

In the past year alone he has won multiple art awards . This year's Clackamas County Fair saw him winning four first places that included blue ribbons in Acrylic Painting , Drawing and his watercolor entry won Best in Show.  In Addition his wood carving won first place for the fourth year in a row at that fair.  During 2013  he was awarded the outstanding craftsman award for the entire Clackamas County Fair  and that same year his woodcarving entry in the Oregon State Fair won the Judge's Choice Award. His wood carvings have won multiple blue ribbons  three consecutive years at the state fair.

Jon's illustrations, graphic works  and cartoons have been published in a variety  of  media  like Model Railroader and the Oregonian.  Jon's graphic work is on display in several Museums such as Seattle's Museum of Flight, The Smithsonian Aerospace Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum . One of his acrylic paintings was exhibited in Germany's Daimler-Benz Museum and another is  currently on display  at the  Oregon  Transportation Museum .  A series of large drawings Jon did to encourage children to read has been on display in the Wilsonville Public Library for many years. Holding degrees in Art and History, Jon has used his educational background to author and illustrate three published  historical fiction novels which are also available as E Books.

However, despite his many personal accomplishments, if one was to  ask Jon what he is proudest of these days and he will tell you that it was attending Tristen, his grandson's  Eagle Scout Court of Honor in November.

Save the Date

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or Free Cake on Valentine's Day!

We want to say a big "Thank You" to all the people who have donated gifts of cash, auction items, books or time to the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation or the Friends of the Wilsonville Library. So, on Saturday, February 14, we'll serve cake and celebrate the Wilsonville Public Library's 33rd Anniversary from 1-4pm in the Library. While you're there, enjoy the Book Notes Concert featuring Rebecca Hardiman from 2-3pm. Foundation and Friends Board Members will be on hand to answer questions.

Music & cake, doesn’t get better than that! We hope to see you there.