Category Archives: Art Library

Not your average small town murals…..

Being southern California, I guess they can’t help but be cool. The murals of La Jolla are not the usual offerings of local history or regional boosterism that are found in small towns across this continent.

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Artists such as Catherine Opie, John Baldessari and Willian Legman receive commissions to produce artwork that is on view for at least two years.  It’s a successful collaboration between the La Jolla Community Foundation and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, with very generous private funding.  (Gotta love that:  private money supporting public art.)

Here is a map of the current murals.  Take a tour.  Any favourites?

 

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library….

…..is another treasure I stumbled upon in La Jolla, California.  Imagine!  A library devoted to art and music….a little piece of heaven.

Located in a beautiful building downtown, the library is full of surprises: racks and racks of art and music periodicals to enjoy, a cozy children’s book corner, a collection of first edition Caldecott Medal book winners, an extensive collection of Artist’s Books, as well as — bonus! — a new Robert Irwin  installation, Palladium (light, shadow, reflection, colour) on display.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is not only a wonderful place to hang out, but it is also a great organization.  Besides art classes, lectures and public readings, several concert series are on offer.  We were fortunate to catch a jazz concert featuring the trumpeter Randy Brecker with Peter Erskine on drums.

It’s great to know that this non-profit, membership library is thriving.