All are invited to help make a Town of Reading community collage
This fall, the Reading Public Library is excited to host Salem-based artist Giles Laroche for a series of programs and workshops, culminating in the creation of a community collage. The finished piece will be framed and displayed in the library, to be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.
Kickoff Event with Book Signing
On Friday evening, October 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Mr. Laroche will share some of his original artwork and his most well-known book, If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. Come learn how he creates his stunning paper-relief collages, and find out more about how we will work collaboratively to make the Town of Reading collage. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Pieces of Mr. Laroche’s artwork are currently on display in the Library. Stop by to see his intricate illustrations and be inspired!
A Series of Hands-on Workshops for All Ages
Mr. Laroche will lead a series of three workshops, for kids, teens, and adults, where patrons are invited to come create parts of the collage. With Mr. Laroche’s guidance, you may make decorative elements such as trees, flowers, or animals, or more complex structures such as vehicles and well-known town buildings or homes. What distinctive Reading features would you like to add to our paper town? Sign up for a workshop and come be a part of its creation.
Drop-in Creation Stations and Studio Assembly Time
Can’t attend a workshop but want to help? Drop by the Studio’s Creation Station and use the provided materials to create small paper elements to be used in the Town collage. And all are welcome to join Mr. Laroche on Saturday, November 4 in the Studio as he assembles the finished piece. Stop by to watch, or grab some glue and help!
For more information and to register for workshops: www.readingpl.org/events/artist-in-residence