Award Winning Artist

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Our February artist of the month is Jon Bezayiff. He lives in West Linn and has pencil drawings in our permanent collection. His display features some of his favourite works from his personal collection. None of the items are for sale.

Here he is in his own words:

Jon Bezayiff, a long time resident of  West Linn and a retired automotive stylist and illustrator is a man of varied activities and interests.  Not only does perform monthly duties as a Tri-County Gun Club Range Safety Officer but he is also a serving officer in the Civil Air Patrol, one of America's largest all volunteer organizations and an auxiliary of the United States Air Force . Recently promoted to Lt. Colonel, he was honored by that organization with a national award in 2012 for his contributions to aerospace education  at the CAP's National Conference in Baltimore MD.

In the past year alone he has won multiple art awards . This year's Clackamas County Fair saw him winning four first places that included blue ribbons in Acrylic Painting , Drawing and his watercolor entry won Best in Show.  In Addition his wood carving won first place for the fourth year in a row at that fair.  During 2013  he was awarded the outstanding craftsman award for the entire Clackamas County Fair  and that same year his woodcarving entry in the Oregon State Fair won the Judge's Choice Award. His wood carvings have won multiple blue ribbons  three consecutive years at the state fair.

Jon's illustrations, graphic works  and cartoons have been published in a variety  of  media  like Model Railroader and the Oregonian.  Jon's graphic work is on display in several Museums such as Seattle's Museum of Flight, The Smithsonian Aerospace Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum . One of his acrylic paintings was exhibited in Germany's Daimler-Benz Museum and another is  currently on display  at the  Oregon  Transportation Museum .  A series of large drawings Jon did to encourage children to read has been on display in the Wilsonville Public Library for many years. Holding degrees in Art and History, Jon has used his educational background to author and illustrate three published  historical fiction novels which are also available as E Books.

However, despite his many personal accomplishments, if one was to  ask Jon what he is proudest of these days and he will tell you that it was attending Tristen, his grandson's  Eagle Scout Court of Honor in November.

Save the Date

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or Free Cake on Valentine's Day!

We want to say a big "Thank You" to all the people who have donated gifts of cash, auction items, books or time to the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation or the Friends of the Wilsonville Library. So, on Saturday, February 14, we'll serve cake and celebrate the Wilsonville Public Library's 33rd Anniversary from 1-4pm in the Library. While you're there, enjoy the Book Notes Concert featuring Rebecca Hardiman from 2-3pm. Foundation and Friends Board Members will be on hand to answer questions.

Music & cake, doesn’t get better than that! We hope to see you there.

January 2015 Art Display

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Paul Sivley lives in Lake Oswego and has been taking photographs professionally since 2004. He was an amateur photographer for 20 years before starting his professional career. He has traveled and taken pictures in over 70 countries.

Paul is a co-chair of the Portland, Oregon - Mutare, Zimbabwe Sister City Association, which has raised about $150,000 over the last 10 years to support education and health initiatives in eastern Zimbabwe. One of Paul's projects is to empower women in Africa by photographing and interviewing them.

All of the photographs are for sale. They are $199 each, regardless of size, and come framed.

Annual Meeting 2015

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation Board of Directors invites you to our Annual Meeting on

Wednesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the

Wilsonville Public Library

Meet the Directors who joined our Board recently, hear about our accomplishments in 2014 and find out about our goals for 2015.

We wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

December Artist of the Month

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Lisa Nead is back with her photography. Come look at her prints on the Library's art wall. All of the prints are for sale. Prices range from $64 - $299.

Lisa says

"Whenever I travel to a destination with the specific intention to photograph, I am never sure what images I will end up with but I am certain I will enjoy the process. It is where both the challenge and the reward happen for me. Being in the right place at the right time with the added component of what some may call luck, but I like to call magic, is what makes the experience so rewarding for me; the bee lands on the flower right in front of me, the storm clouds part for just long enough to cast a delicate light across the countryside, a couple stands hand in hand silhouetted in front of an orange sunset. To have this “magic” happen I must be patient and simply allow the image to unfold before me. This is the part I love most about capturing a photograph."

Did you know that 20% of each sale go to the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation? We use the money to support the programs listed on our What We Do page. As always, we thank you wholeheartedly for your support of our fantastic Library.

Paintings inspired by Poems

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Our November display features paintings inspired by the poems of William Stafford. Lake Oswego Reads partnered with 18 local artists who created artwork inspired by one of William Stafford's poems. The paintings have been touring libraries throughout the state of Oregon for the past year and we are the last stop on the tour. Oregon is celebrating the Centennial of poet William Stafford. The town of Lake Oswego is especially involved because Stafford lived their for over 45 years. "ASK ME: 100 Essential Poems by William Stafford" was selected to be this years selection for the Lake Oswego reads program. Artists participating in this years display are:

Sally Bills Bailey, Bill Baily, Mary Burgess, Susie Cowan, Sonja Donnelly, Geraldine Foote, Susan Greenbaum, Dave Haslett, Sue Jensen, Jani Hoberg, Dyanne Locati, Ann Munson, Kara Pilcher, Jan Rimerman, Arletha Ryan, Beth Verheyden, Lisa Wiser, and Angela Woolley

Most of the paintings are for sale and prices are listed on the explanation cards. If the card has a red dot on it, the painting has already sold.