Lake Elmo Library offers art on loan

Lake Elmo Public Library director Linda Orsted stands next to a piece of art called ‘Stop coming to my house.’ Art can be checked out by card holders from the library. (Gazette staff photo by Alicia Lebens)

Lake Elmo Public Library director Linda Orsted stands next to a piece of art called ‘Stop coming to my house.’ Art can be checked out by card holders from the library. (Gazette staff photo by Alicia Lebens)

A bare wall in your home can be filled with a new piece of art, at least for the next eight weeks. The Lake Elmo Public Library started a new program in January that would allow library card holders the ability the check out framed pieces of art for two months, just like you would a book.

“People were bringing in these prints, so we thought that we might as well let people check them out,” library director Linda Orsted said. “You get the print for eight weeks, and that is enough time to figure out if you want something similar in your home, or if you want to check out something else.”

Most of the art works available for check out are print reproductions by famous artists, like Van Gogh or Picasso, but one large print does not have an artist listed.

“One of our volunteers found the print in a thrift store and thought it was so interesting that he bought it and brought it in,” Orsted said. “I had to give it a title in the catalog, so I took the phrase that is written in the print, ‘Stop coming to my house,” so that’s the title.”

The program is so new that not many have taken advantage of it.

“It hasn’t been very active yet,” Orsted said. “I don’t know if people even know we have it yet.”

The program is free to take part in with a Lake Elmo Public Library card.

 

Contact Alicia Lebens at alicia.lebens@ecm-inc.com

 
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