Community’s Most Valued Possession Revealed

On Friday, Jan. 18, an exhibit of collectible, rare and homespun objects will be on display as the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery opens its doors for Most Valued Possessions, a community-based exhibit.

From an armadillo made out of license plates to a Civil War-era quilt, the objects will make a person reflect on the meaning(s) of “value.” About 30 community members answered the call for entries to share why they keep their mementos and art items. Their stories will be displayed along side the works.

“To highlight the relationships in the stories, we asked that the cherished item be something given by a special person, not something they created,” said Sherry Best, Gallery Director. “The exhibit really isn’t about the stuff, it’s about the stories. This collection tells a bigger story about the fabric of our community.”

Most Valued Possessions will be on display from January 18 – March 17. See fine art by Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, a Kansas artist, a 1880s accordion, a World War II-era flashlight and an African beer jug in this eclectic exhibit. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect the past with the present.

Jan. 18 – Enjoy light refreshments and opening reception
Feb. 1 – First Friday ArtWalk. The library kicks off The Big Read. View Art Deco items from the permanent collection on display as we join together in reading The Great Gatsby (1922). Book giveaway at participating galleries
March 1 – First Friday ArtWalk

For more information about this project, visit Most Valued Possessions online at

Beginning Jan. 21, gaze at wonderful pieces representing the Art Deco style in the front part of the gallery. The exhibit explains what to look for when identifying art deco works and ties into our community reading initiative, The Big Read, for which we’re celebrating the Roaring Twenties.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      


Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.