Southern Oregon University Hannon Library invites the public to a reception highlighted by a talk by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke November 12 at 7 p.m. to celebrate her donation of works of art, including the “Children of the World” collection to the Library. Light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist will follow the talk at the reception, sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library. The event will take place in the Library’s Meese Meeting Room (LIB 305). “Children of the World” photos, paintings and drawings are displayed on the first two floors of the building, where a paper guide to the exhibit may also be found. For information about the “Children of the World” and the artist, go to http://hanlib.sou.edu/art/laduke/index.html.
A curriculum guide by Leslie Klecan of Medford is available for teachers planning field trips for classes to view this permanent collection at Hannon Library. Find a live link for it on the “Children of the World” page or go to http://hanlib.sou.edu/art/laduke/Curriculum_Guide.pdf. Call 552-6816 to arrange field trips for school classes or groups to visit the exhibit.
Reception attendees will also find “Dreaming Cows,” a traveling exhibit of paintings, giclee prints, sketches, photographs, and mural panels inspired by Betty LaDuke’s recent work with the Heifer Project, in the Hannon Library Art Gallery (third floor) from late October through the end of Fall Term. Her recent book, Dreaming Cows, shares its title with this traveling exhibit.
An Emeritus Professor of Art at SOU, Betty LaDuke has been sharing the experiences of families from around the world through art and writings for over 50 years. She travels with sketchbook and creates acrylic paintings in her Ashland studio. Her field work was supported by sabbaticals, grants and humanitarian organizations like Global Exchange and Heifer International.
She encourages women artists in many countries and calls attention to their work internationally. Starting with Rwanda in 2003, she has traveled to villages in many countries, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ecuador, and Cambodia, for Heifer International. Of this work she said, “These recent challenges are joyous experiences. For the first time I am partnering with an inspiring organization with outreach around the world that values my artistic work as a way to share their story of world hunger and sustainable solutions.”
The event is free. Parking will be available. For more information, call 552-6835.
The Friends of Hannon Library is a community-based organization dedicated to the growth and development of the Library’s resources and services, while also fostering beneficial relations with the residents of the region. The Friends’ annual lecture series provides an active forum for all people interested in books, libraries, and scholarly pursuits. By joining, members directly support the Library to the benefit of students, faculty, and community patrons. Contact the Hannon Library today about becoming a member, 541-552-6816.
Event Location: Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library in the Meese Meeting Room (LIB 305)
Event Contact Information: 541-552-6835, http://hanlib.sou.edu/art/laduke/index.html