If you haven’t wandered into the adult reading area lately you may not have noticed the new fireplace screen. It’s worth a few extra steps in that direction.
Brainchild of the late Howard Hughes, the recently installed fireplace screen is as much a work of art as a functional part of the fireplace itself. If one views it from a distance, say from the vicinity of the adult new books display , it appears as a reflection of the painting above the mantle, “Mother from the Hills,” by early artist & founding member of BCPL’s board, Ada Walter Schulz.
Upon closer inspection, one comes away with an appreciation of the techniques used , the balance achieved, and the sense of peace it gives the quiet reading area of the library.
Local artists Jack Brubaker and Anne Ryan Miller designed the screen & worked together to create a work of art unique to Brown County. Brubaker’s metal trees reflect those of Brown County in general as well as the foliage observed through the windows on either side of the hearth. Miller’s choice of glass was determined by the colors used in Shulz’s painting and her unique metal-on-glass technique helps create a vision of distance.
The screen is may be opened whenever a fire is desired, creating a framework for the flickering firelight. Also featured is a backlight which can be turned on or off.
So, next time you’re in the library take a few minutes to enjoy this lovely enhancement of the library’s space.