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'Fairy Tales on the Bookshelf'

Local artist Ronni Jolles donates 7-foot whimsical piece to Great Falls Library.

“It was more than worth the wait,” said Linden Renner, branch manager for the Great Falls Library. “Fanciful, fun art like this helps make the library more comfortable, and it makes books come to life too.”

JOLLES WORKS with an unusual medium, layering papers of various textures and colors to create her scenes. Jolles travels the world to collect papers of every variety imaginable.

“I rip, tear, bend or cut the paper that I find,” she said. “The results are wonderfully textured.”

In addition to her large piece, other examples of her work will be on display at the library as part of a solo exhibit that will run throughout the month of April. In addition, Jolles will run workshops for local pre-school children, elementary school students and middle school students at the library.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist seven years ago, Jolles worked for 18 years as an art teacher at Sidwell Friends School and Flint Hill School. In addition, she led the art enrichment program at Great Falls Elementary School for several years, and she helped to set up the Art-plus program at Colvin Run Elementary School.