Friday, November 20, 2009

There's nothing like a library on a rainy night, and if there's an art exhibit inside, so much the better

There's Nothing Like a Library on a Rainy Night
Doesn't a cold, dark, rainy night make you just want to curl up with a good book? Or stop at the library on the way home to see what they have? That's what drew me to the Sequoya Branch of the Madison Public Library last night.

In addition to books, I found some local art that brought back memories. Since 1977, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission has been producing an annual poster featuring art by a local or state artist. The posters have appeared in so many places around town over the years that to see one is often to be transported to a memory of when and where you first encountered it.

Now the Cultural Affairs Commission is showing a selection of posters from over the years at Sequoya through the end of the year. If you get a chance, drop in. It might be a trip down memory lane for you. And it's also a great chance to see selected work by local and regional artists in the form of posters -- each designed by Phil Hamilton, emeritus professor of art at the UW-Madison. For more information about the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission check out their website.


Anonymous said...

Aren't there condos above that library? Are many occupied?

What are they building next door right now?

Madison Guy said...

Like a lot of Madison condo projects, the units in Sequoya Commons have been slow to sell in this market. Apparently they're doing well enough to complete the project, however. Next door is Phase II of the same development --more condos, with retail on the ground floor.

Sveika said...

The project next door will be apartments (rental, not condo). It's a great place to live, right upstairs of the library. And coffee shop. And pet store, toy store, ice cream store, and art gallery. And I didn't even have to leave my neighborhood and neighbors to move in. Thanks for adding to my collection of pictures-of-home.

Madison Guy said...

Sveika, thanks for the correction -- that's good to know. Great to hear from an enthusiastic resident!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what kind of retail will go into the new project next door?

Anonymous said...

Their website says only 5,000 sq ft of the 10,000 sq ft planned for Phase II is left.