Monday, August 14, 2017

What we did on our summer vacation

For our summer “vacation” library staff were asked to participate in a “sketchbook” project. The project was inspired by the famous Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. We modified it to include collage, because it lessens the anxiety of those who consider themselves to be less creative than others. 

The sketch books will be on display in the library, so feel free to come in and look through them! In the meantime, here are a few highlights. I was really proud of the creativity and the fact that some of the staff pushed through the fear and actually did drawings. Others collaged, but the wide variety of styles and themes is impressive!

I will start with the book of Linda Lesperance, our interlibrary loan coordinator. Her book is amazing and I wish I was showing the entire book. It is humorous, educational, and very detailed. You could spend hours going through hers. I picked my favorite section to show here:

Next up is Marilee Brown, our Circulation Supervisor. Side note: she is our party planner and does an excellent job as party host. She concentrated on food. We all love this one. It made me hungry.

Assistant Director and reference librarian Leah Plocharczyk was one of the ones who went the extra mile to draw every single page! Kudos to her. She said this is a self-portrait!

Circulation Assistant Cookie Davis, went the educational route. She also drew hers! I applaud her because I like that it is environmental and telling us important water facts.

Next up is Sr. Library Technical Assistant William Howerton. His undergraduate degree is in Anthropology; so he concentrated on giving us a tour of historical sites and foods of Mexico. He had a little character host his pages. So creative and fun.

The next staff member wants to remain anonymous. Sigh. This person gets a slap on the hand because they only did three pages. However, the first page WINS and no other pages were needed. In all fairness this staff member asked for an extension to finish the book.

Lastly here are a few of my drawings.

I hope this post shows managers, workers and those who have bottled up creative tendencies to let them out. Go sketch! Go collage. 

And because this is a library and we are often asked important copyright permission questions, I am including these notes. Copyright is a tricky and complicated interpretation of the law. You can follow the links below to read more on the subject.

These staff sketch books are for educational purposes and not for any commercial gain [which does not always mean it is ok]. This is the only time any of the images will be online.

[the follwing is taken from]. 

      Fair Use

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, fair use refers to limited circumstances when it may be permissible to make reference to or reproduce a sample of a protected character without getting permission from the creator.

     Transformative Use
 Another way to legally use characters could be to use them in what the law refers to as "transformative use." Transformative use requires that you change, or transform, the character enough so that it is no longer a mere copy of the original. The resulting transformation is sometimes called a "derivative work." For example, if a painter created an original oil painting of his family and included the Disney character Tinkerbell as a family member, his use of Tinkerbell would be fair use because of its commentary that the artist considers Tinkerbell a member of his family. The use of Tinkerbell in the painting could be could be characterized as a transformative use, and the painting could be called a derivative work.

MORE on the subject: FAN ART
There is also something called fan art. Here is an artical Fan Art vs. Copyright Infringements:  What's Legal?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Collaborative visual Art with Linda Behar

The FAU Jupiter Library staff [female staff only] participated in an international visual art collaboration with FAU alumni artist Linda HollingerBehar. She graduated with an MFA in printmaking. Her project, Chromatic, is a series of woodblock prints by the artist. She then recruited women from around the world to help color in the images. The project is focused on body language as it relates to gender norms. Body language gave her a visual form with which to discuss identity and attitude towards cultural expectations.

You can learn more about her project by going to her website here or her Facebook project page Chromatic

Here are the finished pieces that our library staff contributed.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Studio visit with Nicole Galluccio

IHP Curatorial Lab recently spent the morning with artist Nicole Galluccio in her studio. We learned about the motivation for her work and discussed the direction of her art practice. She will be soon be having a solo show in Delray Beach, FL and is working toward that project.

Nicole is a painter using acrylic and paper on canvas. Her work finds inspiration in fashion, pop culture, comics, music and media tabloids and incorporates those ideas into a visual explosion of color contrasting against a black and white paper collage background.

Galluccio, originally from New Jersey. Began undergrad education in Biochemistry, originally intending on a career in medicine but somewhere in the middle decided she loved medical and biological illustration and switched over to a Fine Arts major. She found a love for painting and over time, the work evolved into more of a vibrant pop art, with a fond affinity for graffiti and street art [and the underground arts culture and movement]. She has a studio at the Boynton Beach Arts District.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Behind the scenes

Ever wonder where inspiration for a project comes from?

Inspiration for one of the drawings in a recent outreachproject came from the project 
365 Masquerades by Gisela [Swedish artist, musician and art educator]
You can read all about this great project here:

Below is the illustration done from a portrait from the project. All images on the 365 site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Gisela kindly granted permission.

Take a few moments to check out the project from the link above.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oceans of Notes Concert Series @TarasOceanographic

Help Support Wild Dolphin Research by attending this concert. Prizes and a raffle too!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Outreach Ilustration Project

The library outreach coordinator has produced a book that highlights select Wilkes Honors College theses through illustration. It is available for preview or purchase [at cost] on blurb. Follow this link.

Here are a few highlights.

Behavioral enrichment of captive black bears (Ursus americanus). Jasmine Gonzalez, 2012.

The elephant in the room: why is it difficult for hospice workers to discuss death with their terminal patients? The effects of death attitudes, avoidance, and interpersonal issues.  Kristy Beroldi, 2013.                            

The antecedents of attitudes toward homosexuality: a comparison of the effects of disgust, openness, religion and contact in anti-gay attitudes. Jessica Newton, 2011.  
(image inspired by

Sex, violence, and corruption: the politics of cinema in post-transition Mexico. Katharine A. Taylor, 2003.