Director’s Report

“An artPHL Evening”

January 2019

As you are probably aware by this time, the library has been holding several fundraising events to replace the roof. The estimated cost is $340,000. The funding is necessary because at this time, the library receives minimal County tax-based assistance for capital improvements.

We have done several Raise the Roof endeavors however our signature event will be our third annual “An artPHL Evening”.  

Previously we held this day of art on a Sunday afternoon but we’re changing it up in 2019 to a Friday evening, January 25th, 7 to 9 pm at the library. It will include ten local artists of various mediums presenting and demonstrating their work accompanied by a jazz band, a silent auction of various art works, finger foods, fine beverages and more. Tickets are $15 per person.

Our featured artist is Lorraine Potocki whose featured piece “Last Call” embodies the thematic coolness of the evening. To get a taste of what may be in store for those attending, check out “A Special Message from Beatnik Bob” on YouTube. To get a preview of some of the artist’s works, stop by sometime in January at the John Brock Art Alcove, located to your left as soon as you enter the library.

In addition to this being a fundraising event, “An artPHL Evening” also serves as part of the library’s continuing effort to become one of the cultural destinations in Palm Harbor. As you may have noticed during your visits to the library, we have an outside sculpture, an art alcove of juried artwork, a children’s art Makerspace, a musical instrument collection for loan, an art book club and an art story-time for children (the latter two at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art).

I have always believed that art and libraries are natural partners. One brings beauty to the world and the other, just like art museums help to preserve and promote it. You don’t have to go far to enjoy both. They are both right in your own backyard.

Gene P. Coppola, Library Director

Author: PHLIBAdministrator

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