Step by step, small hands and small tiles will be transformed from a children’s art project into a beautiful mosaic which celebrates the greater Zionsville community and it’s Library.
In celebration of Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library’s 50 years of service, the Friends of the Library have provided a very special gift to the Youth Services Department and the families who visit the space: A mural, created with thousands of hand-painted tiles, which depicts the beauty of nature in the village.
Families will not only be able to enjoy this artwork, they are invited to help create it. Several clay tile painting sessions have been planned for children 3 – 12 the first week of June.
Zionsville resident and clay artist Don Edwards of IndyClayWorks has been commissioned to oversee the creation of the mural and install the completed work on a wall behind the Youth Services Reference Desk. Edwards frequently presents children’s pottery workshops for the Library and many local children have learned to create and have fun while spinning the pottery wheel during these events.
For the community mural, Edwards will be recreating an image designed by Zionsville resident and artist Susan Fletcher Conaway. The local woman donated her time to design a piece of art that joyfully highlights the beauty of books and nature found just outside the Library. Images of native birds and local trees have been included so children may admire the art while also learning how to identify the different species.
Once the painted tiles are fired, they will be returned to the Library so families may try their hand at applying glaze. Interested individuals may drop by the Library from 10 AM to 2 PM Monday, June 17 to help finish the project.
Edwards will install the completed mosaic in time for an unveiling event at the end of June. Final details will be announced at a later date.
Hussey-Mayfield’s Youth Services Librarians are very grateful for this generous gift from the Friends of the Library, and the time and talents of local artists Don Edwards and Susan Conaway who made this project come to life.
For more information or to register for one of the painting sessions, please visit www.zionsville.lib.in.us or call 317-873-8342.