Archive for the ‘exhibits’ Category

Celebrating Libraries exhibit and events

April 5, 2017

National Library Week is April 9th – 15th! Join us in celebrating libraries by attending the Library Fair on Wednesday, April 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We’ll have information booths outside in front of the library, as well as food and giveaways.

Come inside and see the coordinating exhibit in the fireplace lounge, presenting art and artifacts from libraries as well as a gallery of READ posters.

Digital Doodles exhibit

February 24, 2017

Doodling has long been regarded as a distraction and a waste of time; not only the doodler’s time, but also the time of anyone who may be attempting to teach the doodler. René L. DeAnda has discovered the hidden helpfulness doodling provides, as her pen acts as a recording device for not only what is being presented, but for recording the energies present in the vicinity as well. Digital Doodles is a compilation of original and digitized doodles; Ms. DeAnda is very excited to share them with you; the exhibit is on display for the month of February.

Holy Words, Holy Images – Then and Now

December 7, 2016

The Dayton Memorial Library presents an exhibition during December and January of the holy books of 2 traditions, The Bible and the Qur’an. The exhibit presents the imagery by which they taught the faithful, which combines original and published images for display.

Early handmade leaves from 13th century prayer books and a 15th century woodblock printed leaf present Biblical imagery. Sandow Birk, an American artist living in Los Angeles, has depicted holy Qur’anic passages in his paintings of contemporary Islam. Lastly, the advent of the camera and the power of digital techniques has presented a new means of further expressing the spiritual life.

The exhibit is on display in the Doyle & Margaret Hartman exhibit gallery.

Bible Qur'an exhibit

Expressions of Bali Through Photos and Fabric exhibit

October 6, 2016

New exhibit: The Cozens Ranch and the Jesuit Connection

July 11, 2016

The Cozens Ranch was a stage coach stop between Georgetown and Hot Sulphur Springs. It was also a hotel [6 windowless rooms] and the post office for the Frazer Valley, CO. Between 1901 and 1999, the Jesuits of Regis University spent summer retreats at the Cozens Ranch on land given to them by William and Mary Cozens. They called their site Maryvale. The ranch house is now the Cozens Ranch Museum.

The Cozens Ranch and the Jesuit Connection, an exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Dayton Memorial Library, documents through 31 photographs the pioneer days of the ranch and its connection with the Jesuits over a 98- year span.

Cozens Ranch

New exhibit: recent artwork by James Dixon

June 8, 2016

Recent artwork by James Dixon – on display in the Hartman Gallery during June

Since “Smoke and Shadow” at Walker Fine Art in 2010, my corporate emphasis remains committed to aesthetically efficient forms of limited physical mass which allude to possess far significant visual space. Textured surfaces, improvised asymmetric orientations, and visceral affectations continue to be the foundations of my design concepts. With much respect towards my earlier bronze period, Life has pointed me in the direction toward equal admiration given to the element of “greater risk taking and diverse material usage”. Rest assured I have not abandoned the bronze metal genre but I must testify that during my recent(five year) journey of omitting previous precedents and turning towards equally rewarding repurposed textiles,wood,plastics and various viscous embellishments, has been a” good fit”. I am forever persuaded that the Arts continue to function as the “avant –garde” vehicle of expression for “free thinkers” in American Society.

– James Dixon

Recent work by James Dixon

Rooted – Ella Maria Ray’s ceramic exhibit on display through the end of May

May 16, 2016

Rooted is Ella Maria Ray’s ceramic exhibit that merges West African adinkra symbols, akua’ma figures with clay quilts, bottles, “text-tiles” and masks inspired by women writers to offer viewer a rich sensory opportunity and a moment to bear witness to African visual, oral and literary tradition. Through her work Ray explores creativity, intellectuality and Africanity’s interconnection, and fired-clay, storytelling and anthropology are at the foundation of her work. She challenges viewers to “read” in each piece a narrative rooted in Africana aesthetics, and to dismantle any boundary that segregates imagination from rigorous analysis.

As an artist/anthropologist, her work entices viewers to celebrate and embrace their own inherent magnificence, while listening to stories that insist on being told. Rooted is on display in the fireplace lounge and Hartman Gallery through the end of May.


Crucifixion Meditations exhibit

March 9, 2016

Dayton Memorial Library, Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery, through March 31, 2016

CRUCIFIXION MEDITATIONS is an exhibition of drawing prints by John Steczynski (M.F.A. Yale) and Aileen Callahan(M.F.A. Boston University). Both artists are affiliated with the Fine Arts Department of Boston College (Callahan teaches currently and Steczynski is recently retired), and both treat the Crucifixion as a vehicle for spiritual prayerful reflection which is removed from political perspectives.

These drawings have been exhibited in Gargan Hall, Bapst Library in the Arts Festival of Boston College, The Lied Gallery of Creighton University, Omaha, NE, The Graduate Theological Union Library, Berkeley, CA and St. Louis University Pius XII Memorial Library, Marquette University, Raynor Library, and Fairfield University, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Santa Clara University Library.
Both artists are included in the book: THE CRUCIFIXION IN AMERICAN ART by Robert Henkes (McFarland & Co. 2003).

These drawings do not narrate the story of the Crucifixion. For Steczynski, his images evolve out of colored ink hatchings. They relate to post-modernism in their use of the appropriation, eclecticism and focus on the body. They are to operate as visual prayers that have their roots in devotional experience. They derive from the tradition of imagery inspired by devotion, piety and faith. The imagery is focused on as mystery and presence. The images are thus always the same as the same time that they change when placed in different contexts. Thus the “Crucifixion(s) in a time of….etc.”

Callahan’s work has expressionist line and charcoal glimpses of a head, shoulders, crown of thorns and dark instruments as though a scene is moving and one’s view is a fragment. The drawings are not places in a sequence which records an event, but rather are places to repeat the feelings and focus on the theme as a meditation. The titles work with the drawings to allow multiple meanings and capture “gestures” of the images. The viewer is near the image. The viewer is in its space.

Crucifixtions exhibit

new exhibit – “Paintings” by Brad Jeske

February 8, 2016

“Paintings” by Brad Jeske, a Denver artist specializing in oil, acrylic and pastel painting, is on exhibit in the Dayton Memorial Library in February. His work is both abstract and representational. Find more information on Jeske’s work at

painting by Brad Jeske

Winter Procession – Marking the Seasonal Myths art exhibit

November 5, 2015

Winter Procession – Marking the Seasonal Myths includes recent fabric works and drawings by the artist, Ken Phillips. The pieces in this show are visual reflections on some of the principal seasons and celebrations of the Winter season from the Western culture that shaped the artist. They include influence from the Celtic "wheel of the year," the Roman Church year, and various mythic and folk sources.

Winter Procession is on display in the library's fireplace lounge through January 22, 2016. The open reception is Thursday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Winter Procession display