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Library serves as gallery for local artists

Staff writer

People can literally check out books on art at Hillsboro Public Library, but they also can figuratively check out actual works of art now on display.

An art class taught by Letty Enns at Trinity Mennonite Church is showing a number of works at the library until it closes Friday night for Memorial Day weekend.

“I think we have a very good exhibit this year,” Enns said. “It includes a variety.”

Although Enns has been teaching the class since 1988, she said she has not grown tired of it.

“I enjoy doing it,” Enns said. “It keeps me painting.”

Enns said that she tries to teach a variety of different art forms in her class, including watercolor, oils, photography, and coloring books.

“Every year I try to present them with a new project,” Enns said. “When we start in October, I’ll present them with a project, and then I let them choose what (medium) they want to work with.”

Another art form on display is mandala, a Sanskrit word for “circle,” which library director Cathleen Fish said was interesting.

“It’s certainly really neat to see what they’ve done,” Fish said.

Enns teaches the class October through May, and said that the church is an ideal setting for working on art.

“The lighting is very good there, and we have a nice big table,” Enns said.

Enns said that the class has yet to be denied display space.

“I go check every time and it’s always ‘Sure, come on in,’” Enns said.

Fish said that the library has been displaying art for many years.

“I just love that they come in,” Fish said. “I want to be a place that they feel comfortable displaying their artwork, and I’m glad we’re a place where they can come show their families and friends what they’ve done.”

Featured artists in the exhibit include Billy Kueser, Joan Heinrichs, Teresa Rammers, Jeanie Funk, and Letty Enns.

Last modified May 26, 2016

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