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Visual Artists Wanted at the Two Harbors Public Library

A colorful art display greets visitors to the Two Harbors public library. This display, lo­cated above the computers to the left of the entry, changes throughout the year, show­casing various artists’ work.

The Two Harbors Public Library is now accepting applications for its 2024 Gallery calendar. Local artists and subject matter are preferred, and preference is given to applications submitted before November 3rd.

Visual artists of all disciplines are welcome to submit their work. The display is intended for the “cultural, informational, and recre­ational enjoyment of our residents”, and has been in use since 2017.

Previous artists include Pete Segar, whose bas-relief metal wall hangings depicting North Shore waterfalls were on display in May and June of 2021. Abstract landscape artist Linda Pacel’s paintings were displayed in July and August 2022, and “math-mind­ed” painter Emily Victory’s large acrylic paintings were displayed in September and October 2022.

Coming up at the library is Kayla Schlight­en, whose artwork will be installed on October 31st. She is hosting an artist chat at the li­brary on November 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Schlighten is an interdisciplinary artist who uses dance, film, photography, and vi­sual art “to capture this ride of disorientation and clarity, taking audiences beyond what they know and diving playfully into what is felt.”

Guidelines are in place for the art displays to ensure that all library patrons can enjoy the artwork, and are able to be found at https://www.twoharborspubliclibrary.com/artwork-display-policy/.

In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to re­main an artist once he grows up”, and thanks to the Two Harbors Public Library, community members get the opportunity to share their art.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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