Sabatini Gallery expanding hours!


Clarice Cliff's "Bizarre Tea Set", 1928

Clarice Cliff’s “Bizarre Tea Set”, 1928

We have begun something new: to always have our entry gallery open. The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery has three exhibit spaces: an entry gallery, the main gallery, and a smaller space we call the Jewel Box. The entry space will feature works from the library’s permanent art collection. Right now, we’re showing Art Deco art and its influences, pulled from the library’s collection of more than 6,000 objects. Art Deco Style: Elegance, Innovation and Excitement is part of The Big Read celebration, a community-wide reading effort that will get people reading “The Great Gatsby” together.

Topeka artist Frank Peers was known for his woodcuts in the Art Deco style.

Topeka artist Frank Peers was known for his woodcuts in the Art Deco style.

Art Deco Tea Set by Clarice Cliff

Cliff called this a “Bizarre Tea Set” because of the bold colors and design, unusual in tea sets until the Art Deco style.

We realized that people would often come to our doors when we were closed for exhibit change, and say “Aw, they’re closed.” Now, we’re not! Our entry gallery will always provide an arts experience. Entry gallery hours are the same as the library: Monday – Friday 9 am – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9 pm.

We will still be closing the larger interior space for larger exhibition changes, and you can take a look into that area to see what’s coming, or see us at work on the installation.

Sherry Best

Our library has a very cool art collection, and I get to be in charge of it. I started drawing when I was 4 years old, and never stopped making art. I want to do more than show you art, I want to help you understand it, relate to it, and 'get' it. Art lets us share what it is to be human.