3 Places Where You Can View Local Art

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While people may assume that you have to live in a big city to have access to good art, that simply isn’t true. There are plenty of places here in West Tennessee alone that have fantastic work to offer. Here are three places in the West Tennessee area where you can get your art fix (and maybe take home some of your own).

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Companion Gallery
Based in Humboldt, the Companion Gallery is a high quality ceramic gallery, store, and studio. With a variety of works from many different creators nationwide, it’s an incredible view into the world of ceramic art. There’s no fee to enter the gallery space, and most, if not all, of the works are for sale. Throughout the year, they will host special showings and gallery openings spotlighting a specific artist, technique or theme. In addition, you can get in on the action as well. They offer pottery lessons at a variety of levels, so even if you haven’t touched clay once in your life, you’ll be in good hands.
Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
3600 East Mitchell Street (Hwy 152), Humboldt, TN 38343

Belz Museum
In the heart of Memphis within the Peabody Place there is a museum with absolutely jaw-dropping contents. The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, founded in 1998, is unofficially dubbed the “jade museum” for good reason. Giant, intricately-carved statues made of jade and ivory are displayed alongside Qing dynasty vases and gigantic tapestries. In the Judaic art section, Holocaust memorials and Jewish contemporary artwork reside.
Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun  12pm-5pm
119 South Main Street, Concourse Level
Memphis, TN 38103

West Tennessee Regional Art Center
Residing on Humboldt’s Main Street in the refurbished city hall building, the West Tennessee Regional Art Center boasts an impressive variety of work. The center contains everything from colonial American portraits, Southern folk art, traditional African sculpture, and everything in between.  They pride themselves on being the only fine arts museum between Memphis and Nashville, and they host a number of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
1200 Main Street, Humboldt, TN 38343

Comics For Beginners

 These days, everyone and their mom knows that comic books are a huge cultural phenomenon, but if you want to get into them it can be tough to know where to start. Between deaths, revivals, alternate universes, alternate timelines, reboots, and more, the newly minted comic nerd probably feels a little overwhelmed. In order to feel a little more whelmed (Young Justice anybody?) we’ve put together a list of comics for total beginners.

Flashpoint

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This 2011 comic run is an action packed classic that most DC fans could probably tell you about. Important note: this does involve an alternate reality, but worry not, the story line isn’t as confusing as you would think. Basically, the Flash has ended up in another universe where his mother is alive, but that’s not the only difference. Beloved DC characters are fighting over claim to this world, and no one is sure how they’ll make it out alive. It’s definitely an interesting read while the beloved speedster races to get back to his home.
Warnings: mild violence and physical injury

 

Loki: Agent of Asgard

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In this comic, a recently revived Loki tries to redeem himself from his villainous past by completing missions for the crown of Asgard in exchange for his misdeeds being expunged from recollection. Naturally, he’s going to go about this in his traditional trickster fashion. Full of magic weapons, a human lie detector, and various Asgardians of old, this comic is surely going to draw you in.
Warnings: violence, physical injury, and mild nudity

 

Planet Hulk

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Being shipped off from earth by your friends, crash landing on a planet with too many problems, and being sold into slavery is enough to make anyone mad, but naturally, the Hulk handles it much, much worse. This is one of the comic runs that Thor: Ragnarok garnered lots of inspiration from, but this is not the glittery trash planet of Jeff Goldblum that you know. Gladiatorial battles, inter-species relations, political drama, and a whole lot of smash are all major parts of what makes this comic book special. This one is a fair bit darker than some of the other comics on this list, so be warned.

Warnings: violence

Ms. Marvel

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Its hard to be a teenager sometimes. You’ve got to deal with school, drama, and who could forget your secret life as a superhero? Kamala Khan is a Muslim teen in Jersey City trying her best to be the the new superhero on the block. She’s got big shoes to fill as a young hero, so it’s a good thing she can grow and shrink at will. This comic is a great coming-of-age style story, and it’s funny enough to keep you laughing right along with it.
Warnings: none

 

The Ultimates

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All your favorite marvel superheroes assemble in The Ultimates. After the Hulk destroys a section of the bay, Shield steps up to create a superhero team to combat growing threats that the normal military can’t handle. There are many differences to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers movies, but it still makes for an interesting story. As with Planet Hulk, this story eventually gets quite dark, so be warned.
Warnings: nudity, sexual references, abuse, violence

 

Super Sons

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This comic run tells the escapades of the son of Batman and the Son of Superman. Jon Kent (Superboy) is a mild mannered ten year old that lives with his parents on a farm. In contrast, the slightly older Damian Wayne (Robin) fights crime with his dad and the Teen Titans. The two annoy each other and get into loads of trouble like any good super kids do. This comic is full of action, adventure, and hilarity that will keep you coming back for more.
Warnings: mild violence

 

 

*written by Ruth Duncan

 

Presenting: Book Tunes by Yoolim Moon!

 

Library student assistant and art major Yoolim Moon made an amazing stop-motion video about the library! Check it out.

Featured eBook: “The Cambridge Art Book”

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Are you an Anglophile? It’s okay, you can admit it. If you drink Earl Grey every morning, have the Union Jack hanging on your dorm room wall, or dream of going to grad school at Cambridge, you probably are.

For now, you can get all the British feels just by scrolling through this eBook on your iPad or laptop. The Cambridge Art Book is not your average travel guide. It’s an artistic celebration of the ancient college town “through the eyes of its artists,” as the cover proclaims. Vibrant and energetic, the artwork in this book includes everything from woodcuts of architecture to watercolors of those classic red phone booths.

Whatever style or medium of art is your favorite, you’ll find something to enjoy in this lush collection. It’s basically a local museum you can click your way through!

Search for more of our eBooks at http://guides.uu.edu/databases/ebooks.

 

*written by Danielle Chalker

We Have Graphic Novels!

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Did you know that the library carries graphic novels in our Family Room?

Featuring diverse characters and powerful stories, these books are exciting to read. The illustrations leap off the page with bold colors or character expressions, and the comic book format makes reading along easy.

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To search our graphic novels collection, click here.  Happy reading!

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Featured Book: “Ai Weiwei”

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I think if I am an artist I will find my way in my language to deal with my problem.

  • Ai Weiwei

 

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was once so controversial in his home country that his name was removed from Chinese art books. Ai creates highly political art that emphasizes the importance of free speech, human rights, and artistic modernism. Multiple art forms can be found among Ai’s creations: architectural projects, installations, paintings, social media, photography, and even arrangements of Chinese artifacts (including stone tools dating back to the Shang Dynasty).

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The book Ai Weiwei, produced by the Royal Academy of Arts, showcases interviews with Ai as well as stunning photographs of his best work. Other artists reflect on Ai’s influence in featured essays. For example, Adrian Locke provides a chronology of important events in Ai’s life. Several of the dates Locke mentions are for Chinese government changes, which affects how Ai and his family are treated (as artists or dissidents, or both).

 

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In spite of imprisonment and government surveillance, Ai continues to make statements about his beliefs through art. While Ai lived in the U.S. for some time, much of his art reflects Chinese culture and problems.

Cui Cancan reflects in Ai Weiwei:

Ai has been a non-existent person in Chinese society. Facing omnipresent censorship and constraints, he nevertheless perseveres in his quest to ask the fundamental questions that China faces, attempting to draw attention to and improve individual people’s circumstances.

 

 

To learn more about this artist or to view his work, check out Ai Weiwei from the Oversize books section.

 

Featured Book: “Vincent And Theo”

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Theo’s brother Vincent has been living with him for just over a year, and Theo cannot take it anymore.

So begins Deborah Heiligman’s creative biography of  famous painter Vincent Van Gogh and his brother, art gallery manager Theo Van Gogh. Entitled Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, this book is written in such a way for both younger audiences to understand and older audiences to enjoy.

Instead of just recounting the basic facts of the brothers’ lives, or listing all of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting accomplishments, Heiligman focuses on the brothers’ relationships with each other. Using Theo as a natural character foil to Vincent, Heiligman writes about the brothers:

Vincent and Theo Van Gogh look a lot alike: They both have red hair, though Vincent’s is redder, Theo’s more reddish blond. Vincent has freckles, Theo does not. They are both medium height- around five feet seven- but Vincent is broader, bigger; Theo slighter, thinner. They have pale blue eyes that sometimes darken to greenish blue. They are definitely brothers.

 

But they couldn’t give more different impressions.

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The book continues to add details from the two brothers’ lives, describing their other family members, their personalities, and their aspirations. Vincent and Theo is for anyone who has enjoyed Van Gogh’s artwork and wondered at the man (and his brother) behind the paintbrush.

A groundbreaking artistic film about Vincent Van Gogh has recently been released: Loving Vincent.

Watch the trailer here:

 

Student Workers Featured in Portrait Display

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Two of our student workers, Ces and Teri, were featured in a portrait display at Union University. The series is called “Black pt. 2” by Cece Blanchard. We are proud of our students!

JVAA Reception

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This Friday, the library will host a reception for the Jackson Visual Artists Association, who have graciously lent the artwork on display on the 3rd floor of the Logos. The reception will be from 5pm-7pm. The artwork will remain on display for the duration of November as well.

Featured Art: The Jackson Visual Arts Association

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Artists representing The Jackson Visual Arts Association now have their artwork displayed in the Logos. Be sure to visit the third floor to see the paintings on display. The names of the artists are typically on the paintings’ lower right corners.