Artists and art lovers have a brand new destination in downtown Evanston. The Evanston Public Library will be hosting a rotating series of exhibits by local artists from Evanston and around the Chicagoland area. The ongoing series that began in May was created in order to showcase the artwork of some of the many artists working in the area and to provide a free, quiet, welcoming and comfortable place for community members to view, experience and interact with local art and artists.

The first artist selected for the library art series was Evanston resident Timothy L. Campbell. A self-taught artist and recent arrival to town, Campbell brought his ongoing text and image project, “Colorido,” to the library in May. The project combines pastel portraits and is accompanied by biographical sketches of each character, all of whom are residents in Campbell’s fictional town of Colorido. The use of both art and storytelling made Campbell’s “Colorido” a natural fit for a library. The artist also participated in an interview about his art and career on the library’s “Off the Shelf” blog, putting a human face and story behind the art hanging on the wall. At the exhibit’s opening celebration, Campbell was on hand to meet and discuss his work. Many library patrons were intrigued and delighted to discover the exhibit and the artist.

In July, EPL will feature the work of Alice Dubois, whose work takes inspiration from music, literature, visual art and the natural world, making imagination tangible. Nature is a strong visual influence on her art, through symbols and omens in the shapes of animals or birds. The EPL exhibit will also include several literary-themed works, such as her odes to Oscar Wilde, Franz Kafka, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers.

In the coming months, EPL will play host to much more local talent, inviting the community at large to experience, enjoy and be inspired by contemporary and locally made art, while at the same time giving exposure and recognition to some of the area’s many deserving artists. The library is always on the lookout for new local artwork, and encourages any interested artists, whatever their medium, to get involved with the library’s local art series.

Stop by the main library for details, or contact Andy Ryer, aryer@cityofevanston.org.