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Showing solo
Auburn library highlights local artisans with monthly show

AUBURN - Those who fancy tinkering with artistic technique and oddball media might take interest in the walls of Auburn's burgeoning new library.

The Auburn Public Library - recently uprooted from its cramped confines across town - has been converted to a showcase for local artistic talent. Each month, officials plan to host a different solo show along two (formerly) blank walls of a study area.

The exhibit aims to add a colorful splash to the library, while keeping the new entity's tight budget in mind, library manager Kitti McKean said.

"I think what's neat for patrons is that they've seen so many different techniques," McKean said. "It makes them interested in doing art."

The exhibit debuted recently with the work of Brenda C. Mulligan, an Auburn resident and experimentalist in color and craft. Her show continues through August.

The position of Mulligan's work is a study in contrasts, McKean said. On one wall, her traditional nature scenes face her more daring work created with a blow dryer and pallet knife.

Initiatives like the art exhibit - combined with a slew of reading and social activities for all ages - have made the library a hit, McKean said.

Opening Oct. 20 of last year, the new location offers patrons 6,100 square feet of space - five times the room of its predecessor. That extra breathing room has translated to a 70 percent jump in library card holders, McKean said.

"We have three times the number of people from the old library and three times the number of checkouts," McKean said. "We've been excited."

The Auburn Public Library is located at 24 Fifth St. in Auburn. For more information, call 770-513-2925.