Art Gallery Exhibitions: February 2024

February 1-29, 2024

Arapahoe Libraries is proud to host art exhibits each month at Eloise May, Koelbel and Smoky Hill libraries. Library galleries offer the community a place to view a variety of art at no cost while also providing visibility to local artists. A volunteer art selection committee selects exhibits based on artistic quality, variety of exhibits and the suitability of format for each exhibit space. 

Have a question about the galleries or interested in showcasing your art? Visit the Art Galleries page for more information.

Staff Art Show

Koelbel Library

Open to the entire staff of Arapahoe Libraries, the inaugural annual Staff Art Show displays some of the creativity of our fellow employees. All are original pieces. Some for sale, others merely for admiration. Enjoy!

Here are the top three winners:

S.L. Yang

Eloise May Library

Originally from Colorado, Dr. S. L. Yang obtained her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. When not doing her engineering consulting work, Dr. Yang enjoys producing art, taking walks, snowboarding, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and giving back to the community. She is constantly looking for ways to bless others with her creations and talents.

Description Of Show This show is a collection of various works that Dr. Yang has produced over the recent few years. Dr. Yang’s work can noticeably be categorized into distinct thematic and subject groups, including animals and nature, the character of God, Christian symbolism, and abstract art.

What is your favorite piece in the show and why?
While it is hard to pick one favorite piece, I am very fond of the piece Salt Of The Earth. I created this piece for a 2022 art exhibit that explored the biblical concept of salt. This exhibit was put on by Christos Collective, a professional Christian art group which I am very blessed to be a part of!

What motivates you to create?
My main motivation to create art is to bless others. I tend to bring forth my prayers, desires, and gratitude through my art. I also desire to evoke God’s character and love (most of the time indirectly) through my art.

Who are your biggest artists influences?
I am most influenced by God - from His wonderful creations (especially animals) to His character and His relationship with me.

What message do you want your art to convey to viewers?
My desire is that my artwork conveys feelings of love, hope, security, comfort, joy, and wonder. I especially want my art to communicate to viewers that even in the midst of a darkening world, there is still good.

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Terry “Phoebe” Flagg

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When I turned 60, I decided to learn to paint. I watched many tutorials and some online classes. Making people smile is my motivation.