A Fun Art Book Series

Over the last two years, I’ve been ordering a really fun art book series, This is <insert artist name>. The series is published by Laurence King. Artists in this series: Caravaggio Dali Gauguin Goya Matisse Rembrandt Pollock Van Gogh Warhol What I find so great about these are the small size, and use a graphic…

To Curate, Part 2

To continue this discussion of curating in today’s society, check out these articles about the top curators today: 8 Super-Curators You Need to Know, From Massimiliano to HUO 10 Cutting-Edge Curators From Around the World (Part 1) 10 Cutting-Edge Curators From Around the World (Part 2)  And to look at the word “curate”, this is…

Canadian Art E-Books

Finding information on Canadian artists can sometimes be a little challenging. But this new resource will help make our great Canadian artists known to the world. Canadian Online Art Books. – Art Canada Institute. (Launched Nov. 2013). The Art Canada Institute is a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Founded in 2012, the…

Art in Spain

On my three week holiday in Spain this past fall (2013) I had the opportunity to take in some amazing art galleries and museums. Parc Guell, Barcelona The Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao – recommend visiting. Nice nice museum, good collection, well laid out The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – goes without saying iconic architecture designed…

100 Hundred Favourite Places to Read program

2013 was the 100 year anniversary of Saskatoon Public Library. The librarians came up with a number of activities to celebrate the library with the community. I was on the committee that worked on a summer program we called “100 Hundred Favourite Places to Read”. How we pitched the program to the public: 100 Favourite…

What is to Curate?

Back in the fall, this article ‘Everybody’s a Curator‘ by Christopher Borrelli from the Chicago Tribune arrived in my inbox. In this article Borrelli examines the changing meaning and use of the word “curate”. What was once a term not well understood and used primarily by those working in galleries, museums and academia, has now been…

Book Club – with a Fine Art twist!

In Fine Arts, we are always trying to think up programs that will work with our almost non-existent budget, and which fits within the literacy focus that our library supports. One popular type of program at Saskatoon Public Library is book club. This fills our literacy focus for programming, as well it uses the Book…

Oh what a year

This has been quite the year since I last posted. Our contract at work was overdue by 3 years, and we were days away from going on strike in May when an agreement was reached. The Fine Arts department has undergone a major change – both physical and staffing. We had renovations done in March,…

Art Inventory, Part 1

As part of my job, I’m in charge of the permanent art collection. This coming year we are scheduled to have an appraisal done of the collection. The collection really hasn’t had much work done on it for a few years now, and since I’m new to it I want to become familiar with what…

Movember

Well, it is that time of year again. Movember, also known as Novmeber, is upon us. Over halfway through the month, and the men at work and our patrons are definitely showing their moustaches. From the official Canadian Movember website: “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of…

Review of From Lending to Learning

There is nothing quite like a good professional reading to inspire and excite you. That’s what I have found with the latest professional resource I’ve been reading. It is From Lending to Learning: The Development and Extension of Public Libraries by Rónán O’Beirne. O’Beirne is a librarian based in the UK. His examples are British…

Evince by Monique Martin

Although Saskatoon may be a small city, in the prairies, there is a good and growing arts scene here. Some of the shows that we have in the Gallery at work have really impressed me. I’m really enjoying the current show, Evince by Monique Martin, which runs until September 7th, 2012 at The Gallery at…