Annual library event gets lively

The Anoka County Library celebrated the arts for a third straight year at its Live at the Library event Saturday.

Pat Undis demonstrates plein air painting outside the Crooked Lake Branch Library during the Live at the Library event Saturday. She watched by Patty Flowers.

Pat Undis demonstrates plein air painting outside the Crooked Lake Branch Library during the Live at the Library event Saturday. She watched by Patty Flowers.

The program took place at all county library branches, including the Crooked Lake Library branch in Coon Rapids.

Outside the Crooked Lake Library, artist Pat Undis demonstrated plein air painting.

This involves painting a canvas in the open air “what’s in front of you,” Undis said.

There are plenty of challenges with this kind of art work, including the different light changes every few minutes plus the wind, she said.

Watching was Patty Flowers, who described Undis as her friend, mentor and inspiration.

“We do art work together and feed off each other,” Flowers said.

Inside the library, Lily Johnson was showing participants how to create folded book sculptures, Shawn Sweeney entertained with “Music That Tickles!” and Carol McCormick, complete with props, including puppets, told multicultural stories and sang multicultural songs.

The Live at the Library program was free at all the library branches with artists demonstrating a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Visitors were able to watch the artists at work as well as try their hands at several art forms.

The event was funded with money from the Minnesota Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


up arrow