Thank you to everyone who attended the Art in the Afternoon program on Monday with award-winning local artist Susan James. A crowd gathered to view more than 20 paintings on display in the Lumberton Library. James was present to greet and speak with guests. Having beautiful artwork in the library was a treat and I encourage other local artists to contact me at the library about sharing their talent with the community.
If you missed Art in the Afternoon, there will be another opportunity to view unique art on Saturday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Lumberton Library. Lou Herring Webster will present “Trash Talk: Art from Everyday Finds” in the Children’s Library. Webster takes ordinary thrift items and transforms them into whimsical sculptures that will delight all ages. The Friends of the Robeson County Public Library will be our hosts for the evening. The event is open to the public.
A native of rural North Carolina, Webster earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. While at N.C. State, she received the Louis Cramer Award for Textile Design, a scholarship that provided for a semester’s study abroad at the prestigious Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, Scotland. Her independent studies drew upon Scotland’s rich history and ancient landscapes in developing patterns for knitted and woven fabrics.
After graduating from N.C. State, she attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins, earning her master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers.
Her career spans more than 17 years of designing textiles and floorcoverings for the home furnishings, commercial and hospitality markets. Her designs and color development work have earned several industry awards and technology-related patents.
The layering and mixing of materials with textiles continues to be an influence that binds Webster’s professional and studio work. Currently she is exploring the use of recycled and upcycled materials in her sculptural character studies.
Webster works with Milliken & Company as a senior designer in its Floorcovering Division and specializes in hospitality carpet design. She splits her time between South Carolina and North Carolina, where she shares a home with her husband, two sons, and one thoroughly silly dog. Webster is the daughter of Mary Lou Herring, a valued member of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library.
On Wednesday, Lisa Matthews and Kelly Mecifi gave away free copies of “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed at Starbucks in celebration of World Book Night. World Book Night aims to spread the love of reading by getting more than 25,000 book givers to hand out free books to strangers one night a year. The library is proud to have two volunteers for this program. For information about World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org.
Boys and girls are invited to bring their mothers, aunts, or grandmothers to the second annual Mother’s Day Tea Party on May 13 at 3 p.m. at the Osterneck Auditorium. We will celebrate with treats, crafts and bingo. One child will have a chance to win a bouquet of flowers to give to their special guest. Dress-up clothes and costumes are encouraged but not required. The event is recommended for children ages 2 to 10, but babies are welcome to accompany their moms and nibble a treat as well.
Please visit your library this week; we look forward to seeing you.
Katie Huneycutt is the interim director and Youth Services librarian for the Robeson County Public Library. She can be reached at 910-738-4858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.