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Exhibition, Poetry Award and BookFest Highlight Schlow Arts Festival Events

by on July 05, 2018 1:29 PM

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts kicks off on July 11, and Schlow Centre Region Library will be home to several events celebrating both visual art and the written word.

"Images" Exhibition

Schlow is once again home to the Arts Festival’s juried exhibition, “Images 2018.”

Thirty-six pieces were selected for the exhibit, are on display now through Tuesday, July 31,  in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Community Room. An award reception hosted by the Schlow Library Foundation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

This year’s juror, Palmer Museum of Art director Erin Coe, chose the pieces for the exhibition from 264 entries. The works selected feature a wide range of media, including traditional pastel, oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media, photography, printmaking and fiber arts.

“Images” is open to artists living in Pennsylvania, including enrolled students over the age of 16.

This year’s exhibition features local artists from State College, Bellefonte, Lemont, Port Matilda and Pine Grove Mills, as well as artists from cities and towns such as Pittsburgh, Conneaut Lake, Tyrone and Lock Haven.

Show hours for “Images 2018” are the same as library hours. The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays during the summer. Also, parts of the exhibition may be closed when events are held in the Downsbrough Community Room.

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Hopkins Poetry Award

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes will be honored with the 26th annual Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room.

Following the presentation, Grimes will speak about her writing and read from her award-winning book “One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance.” The event also includes a book sale and author signing.

Established in 1993, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is named for the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist and advocate of poetry for young people. It is presented by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Penn State University Libraries and Hopkins to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of poetry for children published in the previous calendar year.

Selected by a panel of nationally recognized authors, librarians, teachers and scholars, including the previous year’s winner, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award was the first award of its kind in the United States. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and $1,000 honorarium, courtesy of Hopkins

In “One Last Word,” Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance by combining their work with her own original poetry. She connects the struggles of the past with current challenges in the world today, offering inspiration and hope to readers.

A New York Times bestselling author and prolific artist, Grimes has won numerous awards for her writing, including the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry For Children.

The award ceremony and reading, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and Schlow Centre Region Library.

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BookFest PA

Since 2010, BookFest PA has been a popular staple of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The ninth edition of BookFest will be bigger than ever, with more than 20 authors attending

Among the authors will be a classically trained musician, a former professional dancer and choreographer and an elementary school teacher.

BookFest PA 2018: Comics to Cozies takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Schlow Library parking lot.

The featured artists and authors include areyoshi, Cara Achterberg, Olivia Berrier, Pamela Behrend, M. J. Brunnabend, Judy Ann Davis, Janice Dembosky, Lindsay Detwiler, Jeannette DiLouie, Robert Hack, J.M. Hackman, Denise Kaminsky, Gayle C. Krause, Nickie Krewson, Jason Lenox, Sherri Maret, C.S. McDonald, Jodi Moore, Carrie Anne Noble, John Skerchock and Aspen Willow.

Caricature artist Seth Young will be on hand to draw attendees’ likenesses. Prices will vary.

BookFest PA is presented by Schlow Centre Region Library with the cooperation of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the sponsorship of Jason Lenox, Comic Swap, Nittany Con and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

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