Gallery in the Loft
The Wagnalls-Jones family appreciated visual arts and included in the Wagnalls Memorial a room in the Tower dedicated to the art of artist, John Ward Dunsmore. In keeping with that appreciate and the desire for the people of Lithopolis and Bloom Township to have opportunities to experience art, the Wagnalls Memorial Foundation has designed a gallery on the second floor above the library, fondly known as the Loft.
The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation appreciates Julian Cennamo, a local artist, who has volunteered his time to curate our gallery. Art shows and exhibits will change every six to eight weeks typically. Shows and exhibits can be enjoyed during normal library hours. The gallery also doubles as an event space, so please consider calling ahead to be sure you will be able to visit the gallery when you visit Wagnalls.
Artists who sell their works graciously offer commissions to the Wagnalls Memorial supporting our mission.
I spent many years rug hooking, fusing glass and painting with watercolors. I was experimenting with oils and pastels until I started felting. I just love the textured affect and how the color of the wool fibers blend. To me felting is like combining what I love about rug hooking and painting with watercolors.
Inspiration has been found while backpacking and bicycling the United States and Canada. The self contained bicycle trip from Glacier National Park to Denali National Park proved to be the most inspirational of my many adventures. The trip gave me the unique opportunity to view nature on the most primitive level. It also allowed me to view the art of the local residents and to understand how environment can affect the choice of subject and medium. It has become important to share these experiences through art.