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Hawthorne art appreciation reception features local artists

W_-_Hawthorne_Library_IMG_0525_copyGeorge Mann crafted four Franklin Chairs using the knowledge he gained from a book he checked out of the Hawthorne Library.  Mann recently donated one of the versatile chairs, which can also be used as a stepladder, to the library.

HAWTHORNE– When Hawthorne resident George Mann checked out a book entitled The Essential Pine Book from the city’s library six months ago, he got to work.

He made four stepladders that turn into chairs. One of those “Franklin Chairs” was presented on a table in the library as a showcase of how imagination is not limited to the bound pages of a book.

Portraits, carvings, beaded work and other pieces of art adorned the walls and shelves of the Hawthorne Library at the 46th Annual Hawthorne Artists’ Appreciation Reception on Thursday night. Gainesville artist Susan C. Johnson spoke at the event.

The reception was part of a month-long art appreciation project at the library. Students from Shell Elementary School contributed art, and local teenagers created sidewalk art in front of the library entrance.

The library is not just a place for people to read books. It’s also a community center, library manager Memree Stuart said.

One Hawthorne resident incorporated her mother’s art. A young girl stood in the middle of a snowy path. The artist, Candy David, said that she found an unfinished painting by her mother and she finished it by painting a 3-year-old version of her mother on top of the picture.

Librarian Guylene Resue introduced the artists at the reception. She had two mismatched beaded purple earrings. They were both made by local artists, she said.

“I’m a walking art exhibit,” Resue said.

Johnson then stood before the audience and talked about the inspiration behind her art. Horses, she said, are spiritual creatures. She works hard to listen to the sniffles and whinnies so she can capture that horse’s personality, she said.

“When I get back to the studio, those are the sounds I’m hearing,” she said.

Hawthorne artist Onya Laree brought her nephew, Kalai Boyd, 4, to the reception. Kalai opened up a composition book to reveal brown drawings and scribbles. Laree laughed, “I think it runs in the family.”