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Monday, May 30, 2016

Artists & Displays

Monthly Artists & Displays

Stop by the libraries every month to see changing displays featuring beautiful works of art and interesting collections, artifacts, or memorabilia--all contributed by the creative, talented people that live right alongside you in your community.

May 2016:

Do you have an interesting collection to share?

We're always looking for community members who wish to share their talents at the library each month. 

Displays provide exposure to the work of artisans and artists, or provide information on subjects of general interest to the public. The display cases are secured. For more information call your local branch or contact us.

Central Ridge Branch

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Display: "Older Than Dirt"

In our May display, "Older Than Dirt," we are recognizing people, businesses and things that are near or more than 100; whether it be years of just counting.

Citrus County resident, Glen Bortell, turned 100 in 2014 but has since passed. Another resident, Dante Caldera, turned 100 in April 2016 and continues to reside in our county.

We hope you enjoy viewing the display. If you have any questions, please visit the front desk.

Coastal Region Branch

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Artist: Kim Shields

Visit Coastal Region Library this month and see some beautiful paintings. Artist Kim Shields is displaying a collection of portraits and landscapes. 

Kim has been a resident of Citrus County for the past 27 years. He has been seriously pursuing his art for the past 7 years, concentrating on the people and places of Citrus County. 

He is currently president/signature meber of the Florida Watercolor Society as well as a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society. 



Display: LEGO 

LEGO, a favorite building block of children and adults. This month we have an amazing collection of LEGO on display at the Coastal Region Library by Paul Wetmore. Paul has been building with LEGO for 10 years and builds many customize creations. 


Floral City Branch

Artist: John Romaine, Colored Pencil

John’s passion for drawing began at an early age, for creating art was truly one of the only things he could sit and work at for any length of time. Although he had become a proficient painter, by his late twenties he chose to draw primarily with colored pencils on Canson pastel papers. Over the years this combination has produced his finest realism and truly sensitive drawings. Lately, his outdoor scenic sketches and nature studies are particularly strong. They often evoke his colorful and unusual view into our world. Land and seascapes, as well as people and animal portraits have been some of his favorite subject matter.

Join us on Tuesday, March 8th from 1 to 4 PM to meet and greet John. This is an opportunity to view John’s drawings and see him creating a work in progress.

Homosassa Branch

 Jan Vermilya



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Artists: Jan Vermilya & Liz Meeks

Jan Vermilya is a self-trained artist who has been expressing herself artistically since early childhood. She currently paints on canvas using acrylics or oil paints, but has done watercolors and other painting styles in the past. Now that she is retired, Jan paints on anything that doesn't run away (that includes furniture and murals.) Her items reflect her love of the outdoors and nature.


Liz Meeks grew up in New England and lived in various states before settling on the west coast of Florida in 1997. She is a formally trained artist who has studied at many art schools, including the University of Minnesota and the Chester Springs Art School. Liz considers her works to be an integration of Impressionism, American Abstraction, and Expressionism styles.

Display: Smaller Artworks by Jan Vermilya

During the month of May, you can view some of local artist Jan Vermilya's smaller works in our library's display case. See miniature canvas paintings so detailed you'll wonder how she did them, along with felted gift boxes and other framed canvas works.

To see more of Jan's art, follow her on Facebook at

Lakes Region Branch

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Artist: Sandra Copenhaver


Sandra "Sandy" Copenhaver has always had a deep and abiding passion to paint. She is a lover of nature and paints what she sees here in Inverness and on her travels to North Georgia.She has worked in both oils and watercolors.

Her passion for art has given her an opportunity to give back to her community. For three years her art has funded "ART FOR THE HOMELESS", by giving back to local charities and local shelters to support the homeless. In her own words, "Give back, pay it forward, however you want to put it, I love painting and it gives my work a real purpose."

Sandy's art will be on display for the month of May and you can see her full body of work at


Display: Kazuko Edinger


Kazuko Edinger travelled to America from Japan over 60 years ago. With her she brought what would be the first of many dolls handmade in Japan. Her travels back to her beloved Japan have increased her collections. Each one a lovely reminder of the home she left behind.

Stop by the display cases to see her collection. There are beautiful fans and ceramic statues and lovely Japanese dolls just waiting to be admired.

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