The Morse Institute has taken a little-used nook on the library’s first floor and turned it into a contemplative spot where patrons can enjoy the new Polk Virtual Gallery. Set up in honor of the late Paula Polk, who served as Library Director from 1993-2008 and guided the expansion and renovation of the library in the 1990s, the Gallery adds one more way for art to be appreciated in the building.
Some may remember the television on a cart that for years served as a virtual gallery near the staircase leading to the second floor. This is the same idea, but with updated technology and comfortable nearby seating.
“I hope this will become a popular spot in the library. It’s a nice, bright corner, it’s a spot where people can rest and relax,” Jane Ellen Newman, Community Relations Coordinator for the Morse Institute said.
The flat-screen television was donated by Natick residents Erica and Jay Ball. The Balls are avid photographers and supporters of the arts in Natick. Jay, a member of The Ark Builders of Temple Israel of Natick, a woodworking group, also made and donated the frame around the television.
The flexibility of the Virtual Gallery means more local artists can exhibit their work. “We don’t have a lot of wall space for hanging art,” Jane Ellen said. “This is one more way to bring art into the library.”
The first exhibit, running through February, is student art from Walnut Hill School for the Arts. The next digital display will feature work from Natick High School students.
The Little Free Library Art Gallery (FLAG) has been relocated for the winter to a table nearby the Polk Virtual Gallery. The FLAG will go back outside when better weather returns.
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