Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Art for Everyone

The Olney branch is lucky to have a beautiful space to exhibit paintings and photographs on its walls. The gallery is located at the back of the library, where natural light streams through the immense double-height windows. Customers love being able to study, read and think surrounded by art.  And, all pieces are available for purchase!

Members of the Olney Art Association
Members of the Olney Art Association
For more than 20 years, the Olney branch has partnered with the highly-respected Olney Art Association to present work at the library.  According to Ann Bolt, art teacher and 16-year former librarian at Montgomery County Public Libraries, “The Association has always exhibited at the library, and we appreciate the opportunity to show our work.” Ann has been an artist all her life, from the time she started “drawing on chalkboards…then going to college to study art.” Her current work focuses on landscapes and trees.

Deborah Wolfe paints watercolors. She started drawing at age 6, painting at 9. She currently serves on the Association's board, and has been a member for eight years. Deborah said one benefit of being a member is the opportunity to attend workshops and art demonstrations, mentioning there are “several art teachers within the Association, and workshops are coming up.” 
Art and Nature at Olney
Art and nature at the Olney branch

Karen Norman is the Association’s Program Chair. Her mother, Barbara Brown—now age 87—was one of five artists who founded the organization in 1974. Karen teaches all around the DC metropolitan area, including at the Smithsonian, and also has her own art studio. She said, “This is a great organization for camaraderie and making new friends,” and she “loves the new space and hanging system” for art at Olney Library.

The Olney Art Association is a non-profit education organization whose mission is to promote the visual arts in the greater Olney area. In addition to meetings, critiques and demonstrations, members can exhibit at venues throughout the community, such as Woodlawn Manor, Sandy Spring Museum and Brookside Gardens. Any artist age 18 or older is welcome to apply! For more information, please contact Sally Drew (, Olney Library Exhibits Chair and Association secretary.

To see more photos, please visit this link. A full listing of artists in the current show is located on the window sill near the exhibit.  Look out for new work at Olney-- shows are installed every few months! 

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