Art Gallery Exhibitions: January 2024

January 1-31, 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.

Lauren Woodward

Smoky Hill Library

Lauren Woodward (she/her) is a Colorado based artist inspired by the landscapes, flora and iconography of the American Southwest. Growing up traveling around Colorado and the four corner states, Lauren’s obsession with the Southwest blossomed into an art career. Her work focuses on her perception of the desert in her illustrative and abstract art styles.

Lauren’s work continues to explore new ideas in the style of American Folk Art using handmade watercolors, acrylic paint and digital art.

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Neil Scanlan

Koelbel Library

“When a canvas company sent me 1,200 wooden wedges I decided to combine my love of portraits and the wedges to see what would happen. I was quite pleased with the results. I hope you enjoy the show.”

What is your favorite piece in the show?
I like all my children but perhaps the most interesting is Picasso’s painting of Dora Maar. The original painting is very disjointed and the use of the wedges adds a little more chaos to the original effect.

What motivates you to create?
Having a quiet place to work and materials calling out my name.

Who are your biggest artists influence?
Artists Jack Unruh, Alex Katz and Helen Scanlan, my Mom.

What message do you want to convey to viewers?
To see traditional portraits in a new light.