Pre-Owned Art Sale

If you are like us, you have pieces of art stashed in closets, attics and other nooks and crannies – items you once loved (and may still) but no longer have a place for in your home. AND, you may also hanker for some “new to you” art to update your décor. Along comes the Friends of The Sisters Library Pre-owned Art Sale to the rescue! As far as we know, this is the first event of this kind in our community.

The Friends of the Sisters Library (FOSL) is seeking donations of pre-owned, quality art to be re-sold to raise funds to support the Deschutes Public Library, to be purchased by you and others. Here’s how it will work. On Saturday, July 29, you can bring your donated pieces to the Sisters Library between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm and then return on Sunday, July 30 between 11:00 and 5:00 pm to purchase “new to you” pieces of art. Donated art can be wall-hung, picture frames, posters, or free-standing/table-top art such as sculpture. Exceptions are unusually large items including quilts. Items should be clean, in good condition, without water marks, insect or other damage. FOSL reserves the right to reject donations that in its judgment cannot be resold, set the sales price (though information from the donator is helpful) and dispose of unsold pieces at the end of the sale. If you wish to have unsold art returned to you, you must come to the Library on Monday, July 31 from 10:30 am -12:30 pm to pick it up. Unfortunately, we do not have storage to keep any art work past July 31.

We hope you have items to donate and can also come to our sale! Attached is PDF of a flyer/poster. Please distribute this flyer via email or other means to get the word out. Please forward any questions to me or members of the committee (in the cc above).

We know you love our library as much as we do and hope you can join us in this fund-raising effort.

Art in the Library
July 2017

The Sisters Library art exhibits for July will include ‘Urban PDX’, an exhibit of small art quilts by the MIX group of Portland. Sponsored by the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.   Also, Dinah Bond will be exhibiting her Father’s oil, acrylic, and water color paintings, including miniatures.



Icarus On The Metolius

Painting by Paul Alan Bennett

Painting by
Paul Alan Bennett

Icarus on The Metolius is a varnished watercolor by Sisters artist, Paul Alan Bennett.

The original owner of the painting recently passed away. In his will, he asked that this rare and unusual painting should be re-sold to raise funds for the Sisters Library.  As sellers of Paul Alan Bennett’s fine art, Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop, is managing this process.

Icarus On the Metolius was originally completed in 2003 as a donation piece for the first fundraiser My Own Two Hands, part of the Sisters Folk Festival. It came about as a result of the fundraiser’s theme of flying. It is also the first and only time that Paul created the name of the work before making the painting.

Paul, a former art history teacher at COCC with an M.A. in Greek history, lived in Greece for six years. He used several art history and Greek mythology references in the work. Here are some of them.

Icarus’s father, Daedalus, was a talented Athenian craftsman, who built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete, to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos also imprisoned Daedalus in the labyrinth because he gave Minos’s daughter, Ariadne, a ball of string in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur. In order to escape the Labyrinth, Daedalus made two pairs of wings from wax and feathers for himself and Icarus. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. But Icarus, overwhelmed by giddiness of flying, soared too close to the sun, whose heat melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings, but the feathers fell away and he fell into the sea.

In this painting, we see Icarus crashing down into the waters of the Metolius behind an oblivious fly fisherman. Icarus is painted red. Male figures are usually painted red in Minoan art. There was also a style of fifth century B.C. art called red-figure pottery.

Icarus appears to be breaking out of a kind of organic shape. In Byzantine paintings, the Virgin Mary is often portrayed as surrounded by this kind of body halo. The feathers falling down are references to the myth of the death of the winged horse, Pegasus. According to the story, after his death, the body of Pegasus was physically taken up into the heavens to be made into a constellation. One of his feathers slowly floated back to earth. The Icarus Fly is shown in the little circle to one side of the fisherman. It is made out of the fallen wings of Icarus. It reflects the contemporary art of fly-tying but in a humorous way.

The fisherman is totally unaware of Icarus crashing behind him. This is similar to The Fall of Icarus, a 16th-century painting by Pieter Bruegel, where ancient themes were often portrayed in contemporary scenes.  In a Bruegel’s painting, Icarus falls into the sea, while in the foreground, a plowman pays no attention to him. Both Bruegel’s painting and Paul’s painting ask the question: Is it more important to just get on with the work at hand, or to pay closer attention to the magical events that occur, perhaps, daily in our lives?

Don’t miss this special opportunity to own this painting and help Sisters Library. Visit Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop at 252 W. Hood Ave. 541-549-9552

Our Mission

The purpose of the Friends of the Sisters Library shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts and endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to encourage partnerships between the library and the community in educational endeavors; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights.