“An artPHL Evening”
The library holds several fundraising events throughout the year but “An artPHL Evening” may be one of my favorites…and perhaps yours too.
Previously we held this day of art on a Sunday afternoon but we changed it up in 2019 to a Friday evening. Our fourth annual will be held on January 31, 2020, from 7 to 9 pm at the library. It will include ten local artists of various mediums presenting and demonstrating their work accompanied by a big fat swing band, a silent auction of various artworks, finger foods, fine beverages and more. Our featured artist is Holly Bird whose featured piece “Ghosting Along” 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 Capt’n Eddie and His Shark Friend Chummy” soon to be found on YouTube. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 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 Palm Harbor Library