On Wednesday, October 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, artist Jenny Fisher will unveil her latest work – two large murals depicting many of the most beloved icons from children’s and teen literature.
Library staff members anticipate a large turnout for the public unveiling and members of the Friends of the Hoquiam Timberland Library, who commissioned and paid for the murals, will be present to celebrate the occasion.
Each mural measures 87 by 72 inches and is installed on either side of the Library’s signature stained glass windows, forming a wall of color and fantasy.
“This is what I know,” writes Jenny Fisher, “I have been an artist since … 6th grade … and an avid reader since 4th grade when a librarian toured me around the school library. These two identities have enriched my life.”
A native of California, Fisher attended college in her home state and in Oregon, majoring in art. She has lived in Grays Harbor since 1985, establishing herself as a mural artist through Washington State’s 1989 Bicentennial mural project. Since that time, Fisher has painted numerous public murals in Grays Harbor County.
“Through my own childhood, my children’s childhood, and now my grandchildren’s, I have experienced many delightful authors and artists in the children’s section of the library,” Fisher reminisced. “Of the books depicted on these panels,” she continued, “my favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, Bread and Jam For Francis, The Golden Compass, and Charlotte’s Web … I could have painted on and on.”
All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.
The Hoquiam Timberland Library is located at 420 7th Street. For information, contact the library at (360) 532-1710 or visit www.TRL.org.