The Miamisburg Branch of the Dayton Metro Library is the latest newly-constructed facility in the Libraries for a Smarter Future project. A Grand Opening Celebration at the new Library, located at 545 E. Linden Avenue, takes place Monday, February 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Regular operating hours begin on Tuesday, February 21.
The new Library features the latest technology, new materials and new spaces such as the STAR Puppet Theater for children. There are also four new art installations created specifically for the Miamisburg Branch Library as part of the ReImagining Works project.
ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s collection as inspiration for new artwork to be installed at all Dayton Metro Libraries. The project is made possible by an anonymous bequest.
For the Miamisburg Branch Library, two DAI pieces served as inspiration: the bronze sculpture Huck Finn by Robert Koepnick, and the oil painting Endless Energy for Limitless Living by Rockwell Kent. Four new art installations are permanently featured in the new Miamisburg Branch Library:
Miamisburg Mandala by Amy Kollar Anderson, Dayton – Inspired by the Kent painting, Kollar Anderson created this triptych using mica as a key component, referencing the use of mica in the energy industry as well as its importance to the Adena culture.
“The powerful imagery in Rockwell Kent’s painting inspired me to explore Miamisburg’s legacy in the energy industry, which uses mica for its unique electrical and thermal properties,” said Kollar Anderson. “The Adena/Hopewell Culture, the early inhabitants of the Miamisburg area and the creators of the Miamisburg Mound, carved mica for ceremonies and personal adornment, so I choose to use circular mica in this artwork to represent the sacred circle of the Miamisburg Mound.”
Dream Chasers by Darren Haper, Miamisburg – Haper fuses pop culture ideas, childlike whimsical imagery, and abstracted cartoon characters into large boldly colored canvases. Haper states that much of his inspiration comes from watching the free flow of ideas his children express, which he combines with formal elements and a variety of textures. While predominantly abstract, Haper infuses this work with representational elements, giving a sense of a boy and his raft.
“The Story of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer rafting down the Mississippi river in search of adventure sparked the abstracted depiction of that event in my painting,” said Haper. “The bright colors and movement represent the energy and creativity of youth while also capturing an adventurous spirit.”
From the River to the Stars by Mychaelyn Michalec, Dayton – Referencing the work of Rockwell Kent, Michalec depicts the importance of energy to Miamisburg’s history. From water to electric to atomic, each contributed to the industry and vibrancy of the city.
“Like the Rockwell Kent work, I created a piece that emphasizes the important role of energy in Miamisburg’s past as well as its future,” said Michalec. “This work uses the ghostly images of historic slides and photographs to create an abstracted visual timeline. Some of the images include aerial views of Miamisburg, the locks on the canal, the first electric street car, the first water and electric plant, aerial views of Mound Labs, and the Cassini satellite.”
Great Miami School by Susan Byrnes, Cincinnati - This large-scale work is comprised of 60 multicolored cast resin fish, representing three types of fish found in the Great Miami River. Referencing the fish held by Huck Finn in the Koepnick work, Byrnes’ work plays on a sense of delight with nature and connects visitors to the nearby Great Miami River.
“This piece was inspired by the proximity of the Library to the river and its aquatic life, the importance of the Library to local schoolchildren, and the fish in The Dayton Art Institute’s sculpture of Huck Finn by Robert Koepnick,” said Byrnes.
The Miamisburg Branch Library’s Grand Opening Celebration takes place Monday, February 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Regular operating hours resume Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The new Library is located at 545 E. Linden Avenue in Miamisburg.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Works or call 937.463.BOOK.