Scanning Images at the Library
We are enhancing our public service and your surroundings at the Gibson Memorial Library, with graphic results: this month we’ve added self-service document delivery, an exhibit of art by the renowned American artist Orr Fisher, and a collection of new photography materials donated by the Southwest Iowa Shutterbugs.
You can always see photographs by the Shutterbugs on display at the library, and last week members Deb Jensen and Deb Louden delivered an array of current volumes on photographic techniques: from the basics of black and white, to poses for portraiture and a master class on digital photography, the Shutterbugs have you covered. Join them at the United Methodist Church on the first Thursday each month, and “in the field” each third Thursday. For information on the Shutterbugs, contact President Deb Bates at 641-743-8381; they have members of all ages and skill levels who use any type of camera you can imagine.
Our library is committed to forging new connections with the arts, and we are thrilled to announce an exhibit of works by the American artist Orr C. Fisher (1885-1974), located on the library’s second floor. Fisher was born in 1885 on a Ringgold County farm, and painted wherever he lived, worked, and traveled. In addition to being an accomplished illustrator, Fisher was a railroad signalman and an overland teamster, who patented a design for a railroad whistle.
Fisher traveled widely but lived mainly in Iowa, New York, and later California. During the Great Depression he painted murals in U.S. Post Offices at Mt. Ayr and Forest City, Iowa, which are visible today. The centerpiece of our exhibit is two paintings that reflect Orr’s travels and his Iowa roots: “the Calvin Coolidge Birthplace” and “Rabbit Run” are Orr’s impressions of a Vermont landmark and a rural Iowa postal route, and on both paintings, the layered texture of the paint palpably leaps off the canvas!
Our exhibit—made possible by a gift from Creston: Arts—also includes several illustrations, wood blocks, and sketches that are a unique glimpse at Orr’s repertoire. His work explores the role of the farmer in local history and the nature of rural life, so there is much for viewers to connect with among the images on display. We are also thrilled to announce that Creston: Arts has generously donated the “Coolidge Birthplace” and “Rabbit Run” to the library, where they are a spectacular addition to our collection of original art.
Finally, the Friends of the Creston Library have furnished us with a scanner that enables you to copy, save, and send documents and images wherever you choose. Fax services are still available, for a small fee, but our new public scanner enables you to duplicate documents, pictures, photographic negatives and slides at no cost. It’s paired with a computer, so you can save or send your items however you wish. This makes document delivery free and easy at your library; and there’s always a librarian on duty to assist you with the process.
Postscript: on Saturday, April 2, award-winning baseball historian Phil S. Dixon will speak at the library, as part of his tour of ninety cities where the Kansas City Monarchs barnstormed. The Monarchs, the premier team of the Negro leagues, came to town in August of 1929; a baseball-crazy time when Creston had a semi-professional club and an amateur league composed of four locally-sponsored squads. Phil Dixon is the first of several speakers we’ll host this spring, so plan on taking in some baseball history at the library on the eve of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day!