Chesterfield County Public Library has launched a new art collection at Chester Library. This new collection will not only support programming by CCPL but also the programs offered by the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, located across from Chester Library.
The new art collection focuses on seven categories of art: literature, visual arts, decorative arts, music, performing arts, architecture, and plastic arts. There are almost 2,000 books and DVDs, with new items still being added. The materials are organized in six sections: art technique, art history, music, dance, film, theater, juvenile, and art DVDs. The main goal is to serve those looking to learn and get inspired by different types of art.
Dr. Michael Mabe, Director of Library Services, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the art collection and emphasized the importance of it being across from the Perkinson Center. He said, “The library has always been a place for arts and culture in the community, but we never had an art collection. So, when the art center came in next door we decided to go ahead and begin a collection of art materials.” The Perkinson Center will also have a rotating display of Chester Library’s art materials based on the art center’s calendar of events. This will provide theatergoers a peak at the collection and entice them to visit the library. “If someone goes into the center and views an art show or performance, and they want to learn more about it, the library has made that investment. They can come over here [Chester Library], grab a book, take the action and continue to learn about it” says Chelsea Buyalos, Executive Director of the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education.
The art collection became a reality thanks to the donations made by the community and the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library. From fall 2021 through spring 2022, the Friends hosted the Give the Gift of Art fundraiser in support of the new collection. “When we heard that there was a need for this type of art collection, we did fundraisers and helped provide the funding for this to happen. It's great to have this art collection available for everyone with no charge,” said Kahil Dotay, Director-at-Large of the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library. The new collection at Chester Library received over $14,000 in donations, a combination of community and Friends donations.
Dana Bomba, Manager at Chester Library, is very proud of this new collection and the hard work it took to finally have it at Chester Library. “I am very proud of our team, James Hudson, Kyla Tew, and Kay Darling, who developed the scope of the collection. The time, energy and thoughtfulness put into this project shows through the vast array of materials available. Kyla, our selection librarian, did a fantastic job turning the scope into a curated collection focusing on traditional categories of art while remaining committed to providing our community with a diverse collection of materials to serve all those who seek art education and inspiration” said Bomba at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
You can browse the art collection in person at Chester Library or request any art materials be send to your home library.
When visiting, view the community art exhibit on display at Chester Library and see the custom ART signage painted by Dr. Baxter Perkinson especially for the art collection.