Elven Magic: What Happens When The Gallery Doors Close

Gallery elves hard at work

Have you ever wondered what happens when the Sabatini Gallery doors close between exhibits? Well, I am here to tell you it’s definitely not the work of little elves….or is it?

Here is an up-close look at some of the work we do to get the gallery ready for each new exhibition.

After the previous exhibit is boxed up and shipped back, we start cleaning the gallery and rearranging the walls and cases.

Each case gets an object

Here is a sneak-peek look at part of the new wall layout for our next exhibit, Telling Stories: Exploring Book Arts. Each case gets a small label so we know which piece goes where when it’s time to install.

After we move the walls and cases, maintenance comes in and cleans the rugs and floors. Once the rugs are dry we start installing the art – in this case, book art. After all the objects are installed, we will relight the gallery so that each piece is highlighted.

Look carefully, can you find the elf at work?

Feel free to stop by while we are installing and you might catch a glimpse of a gallery elf or two at work.

Our next exhibitions, Telling Stories: Exploring Book Arts and Fold This! Pop up Books and Paper Engineering, open Friday August 3.

Call the Sabatini Gallery at 785-580-4515 for information on the upcoming exhibitions.

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.