New Art Library Opens in Berryville

Non-profit Needs Shelves, Laptop to Expand Offering

Thanks to a generous donation, an extensive new art library has opened a 1,500-book collection in Berryville, with additional books still in boxes.

The library is a dream that started a decade ago for Opus Oaks Executive Director Gale Bowman-Harlow. Generous book donations by Bonnie Jacobs, Jeannie Lee Knight, Mark Miller and Ron Heath got the ball rolling.

A volunteer has offered to help set up a check-out system. For now, art lovers can browse selections at the studio. A complete list of the books is computerized for easy searching, thanks to the effort of student interns. The library, located at 109 1st Street in Berryville, is open to the public Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call first to be sure they are open; the number is 540-955-4226.

Another 1,500 art books remain packed away. Opus Oaks needs shelving to make those books available to the public; if you have shelves that you can donate, please call the studio. Other needs for the library include a laptop for checking in and out books as well as a box to allow returns after hours.

Opus Oaks, An Art Place, is a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers art classes to students, home schoolers and adults throughout the area. Recently, they completed two large projects: The installation of a mural at the new Barns of Rose Hill and the creation of a large mixed-media sculpture created by student artists at camps this summer. For more information or to donate, go online to www.opusoaks.org.