Branigan Library mini art exhibition: Paintings are tiny, talent, impact are enormous


By Mike Koch

For the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and its patrons, small works of art are a big deal in September.

The library’s mini art exhibit continues throughout the month near the children’s section at the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

The exhibition includes dozens of tiny works of art created by artists from the very young to the young at heart. There are multiple themes and rich colors in the show, along with some works like ‘Spirit of Vietnam Brothers’ that will leave a lump in your throat.

The art exhibit is part of the Branigan Library’s participation in the American Library Association’s celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month, said Senior Librarian Amy Spangler.

The celebration is “an initiative to raise awareness about libraries and what they offer to communities across the country,” Spangler said.

“Libraries everywhere have become so much more than a room full of books and information,” she said. “We have become the cornerstones of communities, as a place where you can not only access books and information, but programs and education that support lifelong learning, civic and community involvement, early childhood literacy, job skills, technology and Promote media, culture and more.

“Our National Library Card Sign-up Month Mini Art Show is the perfect example of that,” said Spangler. “Participants were essentially given carte blanche to create their mini-masterpieces as an expression of themselves, this community, the library, and our participation in National Library Card Sign-up Month. Participants were free to paint, draw or create in any subject, style and/or medium.”

The Branigan Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm; 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The library can be reached via Roadrunner Transit Route 1, Stop 2, City Hall/Library.

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