Reviews and Blog Posts: art

Love, dishonor, marry, die; cherish, perish a novel

by David Rakoff

Reviewer Rating:
3

This book started out very strong. The structure and premise are impressive, and it’s amazing how Rakoff manages to sketch out all these characters so completely within the constraints of form. Of course, some sections were certainly more smoothly done than others. My favorite segments were Margaret’s and Nathan’s--they were...

Plaza Voices: "It's a Family Thing"

Baby playing with a toy in the Plaza program.

Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.

In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.

You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.

African American Quilters and Collectors: Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony

Promoting the preservation and art of quilting

Event:
Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell Library

Special Guests: First Lady Hancock, Former Mayor Wellington Webb and many more. The quilts made are presented annually through an award ceremony to outstanding community members in recognition of their service of those in need, or to individuals in crisis, as well as to agencies that help the needy and the homeless.

Let me off at the top! : my classy life & other musings

by Ron Burgundy

Reviewer Rating:
5

Great Odin’s raven! This is the classiest book at the Library, hands-down. I mean, it’s classy. Though at times it got difficult to read because there were so many words…it’s the kind of book that you can pretend to read and still look good doing it.

The lump of coal

by Lemony Snicket

Reviewer Rating:
3

The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket is about the adventures of a little lump of coal, in a little tux, who dreams of becoming an artist despite what all the naysayers and phonies say on his quest. Soon he  becomes discouraged and settles for something that is better than...

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you- Jan Švankmajer!

His name is Jan Švankmajer and he is probably hands down the most creative, disturbing, artistic movie director who has ever lived!

My statement above is no joke; I swear, even the master of darkness (Stephen King) cannot compete with Jan Švankmajer. Seriously-- take a look at one of his films! I swear, they appear to be from another planet.  Even though it might seem that Jan Švankmajer is seriously loony!!! I must say he is a creative genius!!!!

The girl you left behind

by Jojo Moyes

Reviewer Rating:
3

I both liked and didn't like The Girl You Left Behind. I enjoyed the book's two settings: 1916 and present day. I learned a lot about German-occupied France during World War I. I also liked the main male character during the present-day setting. However, I had a hard time feeling...

PostSecret : extraordinary confessions from ordinary lives

by Frank (Frank C.) Warren

Reviewer Rating:
4

Frank Warren invited people to send him secrets anonymously on postcards as part of a community art project.  Some are fantastically artistic.  Some are insightful.  Some are heartbreaking.  Some are deep.  Some are dark.  Some are very dark.  All are fascinating... 

Paint like a Master

Painting the Great Masters by Number

I'll admit I have very little actual artistic talent, but with some books from the library and some patience I might just be able to fool you!

I found the following gems in the stacks one day and got truly inspired!

Paint by Number by William Bird

Painting the Great Masters by Number: Create Your Own Masterpiece with this Easy Paint-By-Number Program by Ivan Hissey with Curtis Tappenden

Painting Masterpieces Consultant Editor, Mark Churchill

 

The house girl : a novel

by Tara Conklin

Reviewer Rating:
5

The House Girl is a masterful debut novel, weaving the lives of Lina Sparrow, a present-day attorney and Josephine, a seventeen-year-old house slave in an unforgettable tapestry. As Lina researches documents to uncover a "face" for a class-action lawsuit to which she's been assigned, she begins to uncover questions and...

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