Director’s Report

March 2019


New Artists Selected for “John Brock Art Alcove”


A few years back the library unveiled a new section called the “John Brock Art Alcove”. This area is located immediately to your left as you enter the inside sliding glass doors, just across from the “Members Services Desk”.    

This area is permanently dedicated to exhibiting juried-type artwork, enhanced by museum-type fixtures such as spotlighting, art wire hangings, roped-off barriers and bench seating. Selection of artists was conducted through a formal “Call to Artists”. The Selection Committee was comprised of the Curator from the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and the library’s art liaison.

The artists who will display their artwork this coming year include the following:

April – Mid-May 2019:  Sal Patalano (Photographs)

Sal Patalano’s photographs are printed on aluminum panels using dye-sublimation; he is fascinated with creating compelling portraits of strangers he meets.

Mid-May – July 2019:  Brandy Stark (Sculptures/Photographs)

Brandy Stark’s wire sculptures of fantastical creatures incorporate found objects and are meticulously hand-twisted to remind viewers of life’s interconnectedness; her photographs make familiar objects exotic and zen-like.

August – September 2019Cindy Kosek (Paintings) 

Cindy Kosek’s abstract-expressionistic and impressionist acrylic paintings represent industrial and natural scenes from various periods of her life.

October – November 2019:  Nitin Mungale (Photographs)

Nitin Mungale’s photographs are made painterly through digital means and emphasize the connection between natural and artificial elements influencing human behavior.

December 2019 – January 2020:  Mitchell Lowenstein (Sculptures)

Mitchell Lowenstein works to produce graceful ceramic forms that are pleasing both to the eye and the hands; his crystalline-glaze technique adds uniqueness to the finished product.

February – March 2020: Rachel McDonald (Photographs)

Rachel McDonald’s “Forgotten Florida” photographic collection depicts the structures and curiosities that remain from a bygone pre-Disney World era along US 19 and its less-traveled side roads.

The next “Call to Artists” will be late this fall.


At this time we are not sure what our next endeavor will be but as long as it’s towards art, we’re heading in the right direction. 


Gene P. Coppola, Library Director

Author: PHLIBAdministrator

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