Throughout July, local artist Dianne Govrox exhibits and sells some of her work at the Strathmore Public Library.
Govrox said the exhibition is the culmination of years of work, much of which was made from sustainable or recycled materials.
“The Strathmore exhibit contains a few pieces that I have made over the years. My latest is the underground series, which shows the different layers of the planet, ”she said. “In these paintings, I used materials… like seashells and I make colors to enhance the image and make it feel like it is underground.
The idea, she added, is to get viewers to think about the environment and their own impacts on it.
“I just want to make people aware that we have a planet that we need to take care of and that things like monitoring our carbon footprint [are] important, ”Govrox explained. “It’s very easy to go to the… craft store and pick up materials, but it’s just as easy to go and reuse materials. This is what I intend to do for all my future paintings.
Another series on display features icebergs created with phosphorescent paint. The series is intended to convey a message of environmental stewardship, similar to Govrox’s underground series.
The third series presented in the exhibition consists of epoxy resin pieces designed to look like cross sections of geodes. Govrox added that they can also be used as tables.
Govrox explained that his initial plan was to open a stand-alone gallery to display and sell his art, but was unable to do so due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, when the opportunity arose to exhibit at the library, she jumped at the chance.
“The opportunity presented itself to me to do a show at the library, so I thought, ‘I’m going to try it.’ ”
Govrox also announced that 20% of the revenue generated from its sales will be donated to support the library.
The exhibition will be on display, along with each piece being on sale until July 31. Govrox did not specify which, if any, of his art has sold since the exhibition started, and will count both his income, as well as his donation at the end of the month.
The Strathmore Public Library was contacted, but did not directly comment on the exhibit as the coordinator was unavailable and could not be reached.