A dilemma that has plagued officials at the Pember Library for years will be solved at this month’s First Friday.
“Every year, we have all the leftover books from our annual book sale and we have to figure out what to do with all of them,” Ardyce Bresett, library assistant said.
Well it appears the answer to that question, at least this year, is turn them into art.
Salem Art Works (SAW), a nonprofit arts center located on the grounds of a former dairy farm in Salem, have integrated those books into a series of art projects that will be displayed for the first time this Friday.
“We wanted to do a show that pays homage to the books,” Denise Anderson, associate director and development coordinator of SAW.
More than a half dozen artists will contribute to Friday’s show.
Anderson said each piece is based in one way or another on the books.
“Some have made an imprint on the piece but are no longer there,” she said.
Other pieces contain more tangible imprints and artists have literally utilized parts of the books.
Anderson there will be some two-dimensional work as well as sculpture, both wall and sitting pieces.
A number of the artists will even be on hand to discuss their work.
Anderson said a number of individual artists from SAW have participated in the First Fridays, which promotes local artists and musicians, before, but this is the first time the two institutions have collaborated together.
Harpist Debbie Craig will provide the evening’s musical entertainment.
Art will also take center stage at the Slate Valley Museum where Serena Kovalosky, marketing and exhibitions director, will give patrons sneak peek at the museum’s upcoming art exhibit, “Slate as Muse.”
During the evening, guests will have an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how an art exhibition comes together. They will be able to explore the exhibition in progress and Kovalosky, a professional artist who has curated a number of shows, will discuss her cr eative vision and approach to arranging, hanging and presenting artwork in a variety of mediums: from paintings, photography and sculpture to encaustic, mosaic and mixed media.
The “Slate as Muse” exhibit will open June 6 and explores the unique ways through which local artists use slate. The exhibit will include paintings, photography, mosaics, mixed media art and sculptures.
An opening reception and curatorial talk will be held on June 6.
First Fridays are held from 7 to 9 p.m. every month. Admission is free and refreshments are typically available.
To learn more, visit the Slate Valley Museum at slatevalleymuseum.org or the Pember Library at pember.sals.edu.