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'Check out' art show at library

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The Los Alamos County Library presents the “Next Big Idea.” More than 175 framed prints, paintings and photographs are all free to borrow from the library.
The library system has collections in many different formats: magazines, large print books, foreign language books and newspapers, DVDs, CDs, downloadable e books and audio books, all free for patrons to borrow or enjoy in the libraries. But art? Yes. The library has close to 200 framed prints, paintings, and photographs ready for hanging in a broad range of styles to freshen up your home or office environments.
The public is welcome to come to the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, Aug. 30 through Sept. 25, or until there is nothing left, to check out various works of art.
The library not only has prints by the old masters, but many works by local artists too. Art available are a Van Gogh, art by Peter Hurd, Karol Mack, Fran Stovall, Doug Coombs, or a Santa Fe Opera poster.
Normally, the collection is housed on racks near the magazines, but during the month of September, the library will showcase the entire collection by hanging all the art that is checked in at the time in the Upstairs Art Gallery.
The goal? To check it out. Library staff are challenging the community to come by to help empty the gallery by the end of the show, so come early in the month to choose two of your favorites to check out for four weeks before they all “disappear.”
The Disappearing (Circulating) Art Collection will be on view through Sept. 25 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.