Another busy week at the Library. Highlights include hosting the newly formed Sesquicentennial group with organizer, Sister Carm. This is open to anyone wishing to participate and urge those with family history to please come forward and share with the group. The Chamber also met this week and they too are working toward a very special sesquicentennial celebration and encourage the public to join in the planning. Art work by Sharon Kelly Eckert now enhances the library wall. What a delightful lady and an honor to present her talent. Sharon is originally from Cottonwood and her mother Betty Seubert still resides here. Many of the scenes are of the Prairie or surrounding area. One favorite is titled "Virtuous Woman" an elderly woman reading the paper with the use of a magnifying glass. Others are "Sunrise at Cottonwood Grain", "Orange Crush at Selway" depicting a boy in the sand near water's edge with an orange crush drink. "Peace", "Memories, Boogie and me", "Simple Life," "Hope" and "End of Summer at McCall Lake".
Along with all the Artists that have been presented, this is also a "must see" opportunity. We are so privileged to be allowed to display such outstanding talent in our library. Summer hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop in and enjoy this display. Summer reading certificates are still available for those children that have not received theirs yet. A reminder to those of you who prefer to own your book, there are several choice hard cover books for sale at half price or less and many paper back's. They include The DaVinci Code, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Point Blank, On the run, and many more. There is a wide selection by Janet Evanovich, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Daniell Steel. This week also saw a large variety of new paper back arrivals gracing the shelves by authors including, Sara Paretsky, Susan Wiggs, Michael Connally, Sandra Brown and Presten and Child. Itís worth a visit to check these out.
The Bräts and Brew is soon approaching. The committee will once again be soliciting donations for this event. Please remember that the Prairie Community Library is a non profit, non taxing entity. It is only through the support of the community that it can remain solvent.
Eckert is artist of the month
Sharon Kelly Eckert is the artist of the month for September at Prairie Community Library.
Sharon is a native of Cottonwood. Daughter of Betty and the late Bernard Seubert. Soon after graduating from Cottonwood High School she married and left this area spending several years in Texas. Painting had always been a passion with Sharon so while in Dallas she attended classes under the study of Herb Jenkens. Upon entering the Fort Worth, Texas Galleria Art Show, she won The People's Choice Award for her first painting under the guidance of Mr.Jenkens. After the passing of her husband, Duane Eckert she returned to Idaho, settling in Lewiston.
Sharon's resume' reads:
My Inspiration: As a young child my grandmother, Mildred McKinley, inspired me to do pastels and look for the beauty in nature and color....to look beyond the obvious and see the beauty that surrounds us.
It was not until I was 30 years old that I attended classes under the study of Herb Jenkens in Dallas, Texas. Herb was a wonderful teacher who knew how to draw the artistic talent out of the person. Herb inspired me to be free to paint what I wanted to paint. Under his guidance I won the People's Choice Award at Fort Worth, Texas Galleria Art Show.
Artistic Styles: Oils; Canvas; Gessoed Masonite Panels; Landscapes and Still Life.
About the Artist: I live in Lewiston, Idaho and have been painting for over thirty years. I have done numerous commissioned paintings for private parties and even corporations as large at Coca Cola. Art is who and what I am. Art is at the core of my existence. I consider myself and my art a work in progress.
Artists Statement: Behind every piece of artwork I do there is a story. As an artist I try to portray the emotion and story that gave rise to the inspiration for the work. People ask me how I do what I do. My response is always the same: "My ability to paint is a gift from God."
Sharon Kelly Eckert with some of her paintings which are featured at Prairie Community Library this month.