The Hawthorne Public Library will host its annual art show throughout April, setting up pieces as they come in and preparing for a later reception.
Branch librarian Guylene Resue said the Hawthorne library has hosted the art show for more than 50 years, and artworks began coming in this week.
Resue, who has been at the Hawthorne branch for 21 years, said artists from across eastern Alachua County turn in pieces along with submissions from Putnam County.
“The community loves this event,” Resue said. “They love being able to participate. They love being able to see the art.”
The show includes all types of art, from oils and mixed media to leather and sewing works. Resue said artists can submit throughout the month and, as long as space remains, the library will display it.
Currently, quilts adorn the library walls as part of a display, and Resue said that display will come down as the new art goes up. She hopes to have all the submissions on display by the second week of April.
On April 27, the library will hold an Artists’ Appreciation Reception where each artist can speak about their submissions. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Featured artist Harimandir Khalsa will also give a mandala art demonstration. Khalsa painted the mural on Hawthorne City Hall along with the Gainesville mural “Here Today” on the Tires Plus across from the police station.
“Seeing the art and then finding out what inspired them to do it, to me that’s a really amazing thing,” Resue said. “I really do enjoy discovering that.”