Submitted by the Lopez Island Library
Every six weeks the Lopez Library exhibits new artwork by local artists. For the next exhibition, beginning Friday, Sept. 21, Nikyta Palmisani will be the library’s artist in residence as part of her exhibit “Curious Lopez.” This will be an interactive art exhibit in the library display case, modeled after the 16th-century European Cabinets of Curiosity. Viewers will be able to “check out” objects for varying time frames ranging from a few seconds to a few days. Palmisani will be an artist in residence at the library twice a week to help Lopezians explore the curiosities contained within the cabinet and to add new objects to the collection.
If you would like to add personal objects for the opening of the show, Palmisani will be at the library to collect them on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4–6 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Categories for accepted objects include: old photographs, orphaned jewelry, handwriting samples, keys, precious buttons, bones, teeth, marbles, doll parts, and special natural objects from places on Lopez. Storytelling is also encouraged, such as Lopez family origin stories, internet dating stories, revealed transgressions, whispered prayers, wishes come true, ghost stories and fairytales.
The work is seasonally situated, beginning at the fall equinox on Sept. 21, and going until just past Halloween, to end on the Mexican Day of the Dead on Nov. 1. To honor this time, the top shelf of the cabinets will be an ofrenda, Spanish for offering or gift to ancestors, and will include framed ancestor photos from Lopezians. “Curious Lopez” will be accompanied by the wildlife photography of Peter Cavanagh on the library walls. Both shows will open Friday, Sept. 21, with an opening reception for Palmisani and Cavanagh from 4–5 p.m. on Sept. 21.