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Brief: Great Falls Studios Makes Donations to Great Falls Library

Great Falls Studios donated a professional hook and cable art display system to the Great Falls Library at a reception on Dec. 10. Jennifer Duncan, co-chair of the Great Falls Studios Exhibits Committee, made the presentation to Great Falls Library Branch Manager Daniela Dixon on behalf of the group.

Great Falls Studios donated a professional hook and cable art display system to the Great Falls Library at a reception on Dec. 10. Jennifer Duncan, co-chair of the Great Falls Studios Exhibits Committee, made the presentation to Great Falls Library Branch Manager Daniela Dixon on behalf of the group. Photo by Dean Souleles

Great Falls Studios, a network of over 100 artists in Great Falls, has donated a new professional wire cable and hook display system to the Great Falls Community Library to be used for hanging art exhibits in the library’s meeting rooms. At a reception Monday night for its Winter Art Exhibit at the library, the group also unveiled a framed piece of artwork created by the winner of the Elementary Art contest held earlier this year, which will hang in the library for several months.

The new display system was presented at the reception to Daniela Dixon, the library branch manager, by Pat Neuman and Jennifer Duncan, co-chairs of the Great Falls Studios Exhibits Committee. “We are very fortunate to have a venue like this to share our art with the community,” Neuman said. “This system will make it much easier and quicker to hang art in the library conference rooms.”

The cables and hooks will remain in the meeting rooms and be available to any artist who wishes to exhibit work in the library. The exhibits schedule is maintained by the Friends of the Great Falls Library, a group which supports and assists with library programs and services.

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‘Jump Rope Girl’ by Clara Nickles, a fifth grade student at Colvin Run Elementary, won the Great Falls Studios Elementary Art Contest. Will Tuthill, a printmaker who organized the Elementary Art Contest on behalf of Great Falls Studios, congratulates Clara on her winning artwork.

CLARA NICKLES, a fifth grade student at Colvin Run Elementary, won the Elementary Art Contest sponsored by Great Falls Studios. Her artwork, “Jump Rope Girl,” was selected from 105 student artworks by the board of Great Falls Studios. The work for the competition was provided by the art teachers and volunteers at the three elementary schools serving Great Falls: Great Falls Elementary, Forestville Elementary and Colvin Run Elementary; and was exhibited in the group’s Virtual Gallery online during the month of June. Turner Framing provided complimentary framing for Clara’s work of art, and it will hang in the Great Falls Library during the winter.

Will Tuthill, a printmaker who organized the Elementary Art Contest on behalf of Great Falls Studios, congratulated Clara on her winning artwork. “GFS would also like to thank Turner Framing for framing the piece and the library for showing it,” he said.

In addition to the display system, Great Falls Studios President Laura Nichols presented a monetary donation to the Friends of the Library in gratitude for the use of the large conference room during the group’s Ninth Annual Studio Tour held this fall. John Reeder, president of the Friends of the Library, accepted the donation on behalf of the library support group. Art in the conference rooms “adds a great deal to the library and the community,” he said. The funds will go back into programs for the library in fulfillment of the friends’ mission, he added.

THE GREAT FALLS STUDIOS WINTER EXHIBIT features over 60 paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and other new works by Great Falls artists. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 27 in the main conference room of the library.

The library is located at 9830 Georgetown Pike and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Great Falls Studios was founded in 2003 to nurture local artists and provide a way for the artists to serve the community. It holds two all-member exhibitions each year in the library, an annual Studio Tour in October, its signature event, plus other events and exhibitions in Great Falls. These shows provide a venue for visitors to see many of the works in one convenient location. See more on the group’s website: www.GreatFallsStudios.com.