New WPA-style posters of Douglas County to be exhibited at Lawrence Public Library

photo by: Courtesy of Lawrence Public Libary

Potter Lake by Janella Williams

The Lawrence Public Library will host an exhibit of new WPA-style posters depicting Douglas County green areas.

The exhibit is an expansion of a popular exhibit last summer that featured Lawrence parks and green spaces.

The new series of artworks, “See Douglas County Parks & Green Spaces,” debuted in the Douglas County Visitors Guide and opens July 1 at the library. The exhibit is sponsored by the LPL Friends & Foundation.

photo by: Courtesy of Lawrence Public Library

Black Jack Battlefield, Baldwin City, by Jenni Leiste

The series features eight additional Lawrence artists with new illustrations of parks and green spaces in Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora and other parts of the county, according to a news release from the library.

“These Douglas County-inspired artworks feature a modern take on the majestic style of the 1930s-era WPA National Parks posters,” said Friends & Foundation board member Mary Gage in the news release. Gage is also the project’s creator and organizer.

“And like last year, they are truly stunning,” she said.

A special “Meet the Artists” event is scheduled for July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the library lawn during the Friends & Foundation’s monthly book sale.

photo by: Courtesy of Lawrence Public Library

Sandra Shaw Park by Angie Pickman

The eight artworks will be on display through July at the library, 707 Vermont St. High-quality posters and postcards of each picture are available for sale at Proceeds support the artists and the library.

The artists and featured parks are:

• Lana Grove – Wells Overlook

• Lora Jost – Prairie Park

• Jenni Leiste – Black Jack Battlefield, Baldwin City

• Alex Olson – Buffalo at Clinton Parkway Trail

• Angie Pickman – Sandra Shaw Park

• Kassidee Quaranta – CPA Park, Eudora

• Torren Thomas – Japanese Friendship Garden

• Janella Williams – Potter Lake

photo by: Courtesy of Lawrence Public Library

Wells Overlook by Lana Grove


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