Cherry Hills Library’s most recent acquisition funded by the 1% for Art Program is “Los Libros”, a trio of kinetic stainless steel sculptures by John Northcutt. The work was installed in 2013 on the library grounds along Barstow St. “Los Libros” is one of nine art projects initiated by the Public Art Program in 2009 as part of the “City-wide Sculpture Project.” The Arts Board recommended placing one sculpture by a New Mexico artist in each of the nine City-council districts. The Cherry Hills Library was the location chosen for District 4.
Displayed on the high wall above the entrance to study room #1 is Donna Martin’s vegetal dyed wool and mohair tapestry entitled “The Story Goes Like This…”. The piece, which depicts abstract and impressionistic landscape scenes, was created in 1997. The acquisition was funded by the New Mexico Arts’ Art in Public Places Program and the tapestry was installed in the library in 1999.
R.C. Gorman’s 1985 hand cast paper white figure in bas-relief entitled “Reclining Woman 26/90” was donated by Lester Henriksen in 2015 to the Cherry Hills Library in memory of Barbara Smiley Henriksen and hangs on the wall next to Study Room #2. Cast Paper is a paper crafting technique in which paper fiber or pulp, such as cotton fiber paper, is formed using a mold. The pulp may consist of pure fiber, or be an amalgam of fiber, binder, and filler, such as papier-mâché. The technique is employed for in-the-round sculpture as well as bas-relief (shallow-depth sculpture).
Hanging to the left of the east-facing windows in the public sitting area is an untitled multi-color lithograph by Jacqueline Gourevitch, produced at the Tamarind Institute in 1973 in collaboration with master printer Chris Cordes. It is print #20 of an edition of 20 and is inscribed by the artist “For Judy Booth”. Judy Booth was the assistant director and curator at the Tamarind Institute in the 1970’s. Eventually acquired by the city, the piece was selected for display at the Cherry Hills Library in 2006.
Located on the wall at the end of the reading cubbies in the children’s area is “School of Fish” by Del Lack. It was purchased by New Mexico Arts’ Art in Public Places (AIPP) program for display in the library in 1999. The piece is an example of abstract art which employs a technique called continuous contour drawing. Using this method, a single unbroken line is used to develop the outlines or contours of the image. Del Lack is an artist and a teacher from Alamogordo, NM. After nineteen years of working with clay, Lack switched solely to drawing after discovering this technique.
Installed on the high wall in front of the west windows of the children’s area is a graphic mural produced by Holly Hitzemann, Reliable Reproductions, and Homewood Construction. It depicts the forms of children flying on books above the earth’s surface. According to Ms. Hitzemann, a member UNM’s Anderson School of Management professional faculty, she and her sister wished to make donation to the library and worked together along with the reprographics firm to create the mural and mount it to the wall.
“Corn Lily Spring” is a four-color lithograph depicting dense green foliage and leaves, created in collaboration with master printer Ross Zirkle. An edition of 30 prints was produced. Kristy Rawson was born in 1963 and graduated from the Tamarind Institute in 1996.
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