The Siletz Valley Friends of the Library (SVFOL) is currently raising funds for a permanent art display to be housed in the Siletz Public Library. The display "Baskets" is theme.
Having access to art is of importance to the Library Board and the SVFOL plan to show art in a very unique and educational way. Stories will be woven through the artistry of some of these pieces, showing how an event or culture can be preserved.
Traditional baskets were used for gathering and storing. The Siletz Public Library is not dissimilar to the baskets on display as the library itself, also serves as a vessel for people to gather and and store information. Baskets being worked on will incorporate a number of different mediums from beadwork, metal, carved and painted gourd's to blown glass.
The display is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition. With this grant local Toledo resident Caroll Loomis was commissioned to carve and paint a gourd titled "Remember the Dance". This is the first of a number of baskets to be added to the collection.
Everyone is invited to visit the Siletz Library and watch this collection grow.