Viewpoints: Photographs by Gwendolyn Roth

Now through September 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Uncovering our world's unfound joy and beauty fuels my passion for photography. Photography caught my heart when I since received my very first point and shoot camera on my twelfth birthday, back in the days of film. I embraced the enlightening transition from film to digital and have not looked back since making the leap. A strong family art background, a BLA degree from Michigan State University, and a lifetime of experience have built the foundation upon which my artistry rests. I devote my free time to photography whenever I can.

Viewpoints is a collection of images for solo exhibition that showcases a transformative adventure that uplifts, encourages, or surprises the viewer and promotes a peaceful atmosphere. The exhibition is arranged in a series of smaller grouped themes which, when taken as a whole, presents our little world in a rejuvenating light. Each piece represents who I am, where I've been, and what inspires me, communicated by an honest, up close and personal photographic style. The common thread connecting the images is a restorative viewpoint of the world, no matter how big or small that world is.

AADL Staff Art & Craft Exhibit

Now through August 31, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

AADL is excited for the opportunity to once again highlight the creative talents of our diversely talented staff with this all-media exhibition of one-of-a-kind handmade works.

Transformation: Mixed Media by Rich Moizio

Now through August 31, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Rich Moizio sees the world in its most basic elements and also experiences music in a very visual way.

Rhythm resembles pattern, shape, movement, and can create space and tension while pitch can be seen as relating color, value, and line. This is how he observes, breaks down, understands and digests music of all kinds.

The main focus of his work is to transform and transfer aural ideas inspired from music to the visual domain by using the simplest of geometric forms, space, and color. He also likes to work with basic materials such as wood, water-based paints, dyes, and wire. Compositions are loosely based on the grid as a jumping off point, since music is based on the staff.

View Points

Now through July 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Paintings in various media from the UM Faculty Women’s Club Painting Section

This fifth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club, covering a large variety of styles and media. Each artist represents her own unique “View Point” on what she sees in the world.

The group started in 1929, creating award winning pieces. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, and libraries.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of, and by encouraging active participation in, the visual arts.

Silver Club Member Summer Exhibit 2017

Now through July 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Mixed Media from The Silver Club

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the Michigan Medicine UM Geriatrics Silver Club programs. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative, and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities.

The exhibition consists of over 30 original art pieces that include watercolor and acrylic painting, collage, mixed media photography.

Nickels Arcade Celebrates 100 Years

Now through July 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Photographs, maps, and ephemera from Nickels Arcade and AADL

Nickels Arcade was constructed in downtown Ann Arbor in 1917. AADL is pleased to host a special exhibit in celebration of its centennial year. The AADL exhibit will feature a collection of architectural photography, historic photographs, maps, and objects from this beloved Ann Arbor landmark.

This exhibit runs in conjunction with a companion exhibit at the Nickels Arcade as well as within the businesses that call the Arcade home.

2017 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

Now through June 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The 2017 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

Ann Arbor Public Schools 2017 Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each year Ann Arbor Public Schools showcases the work and developing artistic talents of their students.

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional art of various media will be on display. Come enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of the kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

The artwork is located all over the building - including in the youth department!

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County Living Oral History

Now through April 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Find out more about our community’s history as the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County unveils their “Living History” exhibit.

This panel exhibition is part of a collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the Living Oral History Project, a collection of interviews illustrating what local African-Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today.

The project covered such topics as race; gender; education; equality, faith, housing, employment, community building activities, and social infrastructure. Each topic provided a spectrum of perspectives relevant to the issues and concerns of the African-American community in the history of 20th century Washtenaw County.

The panel exhibit, made possible with funding from The Michigan Humanities Council, features a selection of AACHM participants from the AACHM Living Oral History interviews along with additional interviews that will include residents from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

A public reception for the exhibit opening will take place from 3–5 pm on Sunday, March 26. The reception will also be an opportunity for a participatory experience for visitors through examination of the exhibit and sharing stories. The event includes refreshments and is cosponsored by the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

Atmospheric: Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Cathy Jacobs

Now through April 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Artist Cathy Jacobs presents ten oil and mixed media paintings that focus on the atmospheric qualities of landscape.

The idea for these paintings came from a newspaper photo of a forest fire in the Andes Mountains of Chile. Cathy was drawn by the beauty of the billowing clouds of smoke encroaching upon a quiet row of houses. The picture seemed to be a metaphor for how fragile her calm, personal world is in the chaotic world that is happening around her.

Although the resulting paintings could be called landscapes, they are much more about the air and atmosphere that hovers over the land: clouds, smoke, steam, and rain.

Cathy’s personal art practice has evolved from painting 2-dimensional canvases to weaving 3-dimensional pieces with linen. The paintings in this exhibition are illusionistic and expressive interpretations of atmosphere. She continues to search for atmospheric and ethereal qualities in all of her work. Examples of her paintings and woven artworks can be found at www.cathyjacobs.com.

Cathy Jacobs studied painting at Wayne State University in Detroit, and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has exhibited her artwork in the United States and Canada, most notably at SOFA Expo in Chicago, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. Her woven artwork is represented at Next Step Studio and Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan and the State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. Her art studio is at Ypsi Alloy Studios in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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