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Explore the depths of BLUE in new exhibit

BLUE Dec 10, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022

Explore the depths of the color Blue with the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery! From a light robin's egg blue to the rich “new blue,” you will discover how blue is made and how it's seen. We’ll even try renaming a few shades of blue!

This exhibit highlights the library’s art collection of paintings, ceramics, photographs, glass, artists books and fabric.

Join our BLUE odyssey and find out how many different hues of blue you can see.

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Related Events

Gallery staff are continuing to plan events related to the exhibit. Watch for more events including make and take art projects. Also watch the library's Facebook and YouTube pages for videos of local bartenders making their signature blue drinks to support the exhibit. A new mixology video will be released each week starting Dec 10. Be on the lookout for more fun ways to be involved in BLUE.

BLUE Open House | Fri, Dec 10 | 4-7pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Explore our newest exhibit BLUE and have fun creating blue art with us in the Reed Studio.

Mixing Blue | Thu, Dec 16 | 7-8pm | Reed Studio

Local visual artist Joey Embers will dive into the fluid language of paint and color. He will demonstrate mixing a variety of blues and how to open up your visual language with a restricted pallet.

Jewelrymaking Demonstration with Matt Filby | Sat, Jan 8 | 2-3pm | Reed Studio

Matt Filby will demonstrate his wire wrapping techniques to make beautiful wearable art. He will bring samples of blue gems and minerals from his own collection, and talk about stones and their different effects.

Adventures with the new YInMn Blue | Sat, Jan 22 | noon-2pm | Reed Studio

Artist Louis Copt will demonstrate his watercolor technique using the new YinMn blue. Louis will also discuss his painting methods and share insights about brushes and paper along with tips and tricks to improve your watercolor painting. Whether you're an artist or not, you'll enjoy this fun and entertaining demonstration.

YInMn Blue, also known as Oregon Blue or Mas Blue, is an inorganic blue pigment that was discovered accidentally by Professor Mas Subramanian and his graduate student, Andrew E. Smith, at Oregon State University in 2009.

Blue - from Antiquity to the Middle Ages | Thu, Jan 27 | 7-8pm | Learning Center

Explore the history of the color blue from Antiquity through the Medieval period to the early Industrial Revolution with Washburn University professor Dr. Anthony Silvestri.

We will be adding more events so check this page again.

Make & take art in Reed Studio

Check back for details on upcoming art projects.

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