January 10, 2017

Happy 2017 !

We intend to continue providing you with a wide range of quality books on all aspects of the visual arts this year, and for a long time to come.  Here is the latest batch!

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Francis Picabia: Our Heads are Round so our Thoughts can Change Direction, exhibit catalog of the Kunsthaus Zurich
A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen  by David Hockney
Monet, The Early Years, exhibit catalog of the Kimbell Museum
World War I and American Art, exhibit catalog of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Art Nouveau Architecture, ed. by R. Beauclair  M. I. Gradl (Dover reprint of a 1902 portfolio)
Frank Lloyd Wright and Mason City  by Roy R. Behrens
Six Canonical Projects by Rem Koolhaas  by Ingrid Bock
Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Draw Fashion Now  by Danielle Meder
Fashion 150: 150 Years /150 Designers
The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated  by Margaret K. Hofer
Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors and Design
Yves Saint Laurent; The Perfection of Style by Florence Muller
Follow the Sun: A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age  by James Ewing
Antiques / Collectibles
Art Deco: Living with the Art Deco Style  by Judith Miller
Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars  by Q. David Bowers
Guide Book of The United States Mint  by Q. David Bowers

December 20, 2016

Greetings of the Season -- enjoy our new books

Please accept this list of latest acquisitions as our "gift" to you -- the gift of free libraries, where everyone is welcome.  And cardholders can check out almost unlimited books and recordings. Here in the Fine Arts Room, we specialize in beautiful art books.

Graphis Design Annual 2017
Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue RaisonnĂ©  by Fred Ritchin
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., 2016

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City  by Amanda C. Burdan

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
100 Years 100 Buildings  by John Hill
Centre Pompidou  by Francesco Dal Co
Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco  by Paul Venable Turner
Road Trip: Roadside America from Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant  by Richard Longstreth
The Splendor of Cuba; 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors  by Michael Connors
The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright  by Thomas A. Heinz

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias  by Prentis Rollins
Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World
Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards by Celebrated Artists

Digital Photography Essentials, 2nd ed.  by Tom Ang
Fearless Photographer: Nature  by David M. Wyman
Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion
The Photographer’s Guide to Drones  by Colin Smith
Photographs from the Edge  by Art Wolfe

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Christmas Ornaments to Crochet  by Megan Kreiner
Digital Painting Techniques
Embroidery for the Absolute Beginner  by Susie Johns
The Handmade Life; A Companion to Modern Crafting  by Ramona Barry
20-Minute Whittling Projects  by Tom Hindes
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party  by Brandy Shay
Ultimate Mittens  by Robin Hansen

December 5, 2016

New books for Early December

Hope you're able to come in or request these lovely new books during this busy season!

Plains Indian Art of the Early Reservation Era; The Donald Danforth, Jr. Collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum

 Art History / Art Theory / Art World
The Carpet and the Connoisseur; The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs, exhibit catalog of the Saint Louis Art Museum
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, exhibit catalog of the Saint Louis Art Museum
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life, exhibit catalog of the Royal Academy of Arts
Fairfield Porter  by John Wilmerding
Klee & Kandinsky: Neighbors, Friends, Rivals, catalog by the Zentrum Paul Klee
Paul Klee: Irony at Work, exhibit catalog of the Centre Pompidou
Tara Donovan, exhibit catalog of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Art in Architecture: Building Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Essex [The Buildings of England]  by James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner
Perth and Kinross [The Buildings of Scotland]  by John Gifford
Worcestershire [The Buildings of England]  by Alan Brooks and Nikolaus Pevsner

Exposure Made Easy  by Curley Marshall
Photographing Headshots  by Gary Hughes

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Mandala for the Inspired Artist  by Marisa Edghill

November 30, 2016

The Arts of Cuba

Big changes have already happened in Cuba, and more are no doubt coming.  Perhaps we'll all be traveling there regularly in the future! To help prepare, the Fine Arts Room has a good collection of books on Cuban art and architecture -- here are some on display this week.  For a list of some of these, and others, check out

November 15, 2016

Most recent acquisitions, November 2016

The library's new fiscal year has begun, and some great new books are starting to arrive!  Enjoy....

Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2017

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Linda Skrainka; Reflections:  Close to Home
Symbolism  by Norbert Wolf

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
After the Fire: London Churches in the Age of Wren, Hooke, Hawksmoor and Gibbs  by Angelo  Hornak
Case Study Houses  by Elizabeth A. T. Smith
The High Line  by James Corner Field Operations
Moving Sam Maloof  by Ann Kovara
NY Skyscrapers  by Dir Stichweh
Porphyrios Associates; The Allure of the Classical

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue
Chairs by Architects  by Agata Toromanoff
Christmas as Designer’s Homes Across America  by Katherine Kaye McMillan
Condo Makeovers; Inventive Ideas for Vertical Living  by E. Ashley Rooney
Designing for the Common Good  by Kees Dorst, et al.
Inside Art Direction: Interviews and Case Studies  by Steven Brower
Interior Design Master Class
Vogue; The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian
Zentangle Sourcebook: The Ultimate Resource for Mindful Drawing  by Jane Marbaix

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, exhibit catalog of The Broad Museum

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
160 Easy-to-Make Craft Projects
500 Greetings: Invitations, Greeting Cards, Postcards
Cattastic Crafts; DIY Projects for Cats and Cat People  by Mariko Ishikawa
A Very Merry Paper Christmas: 25 Creative Ornaments & Decorations

November 1, 2016

Tons of Holiday Crafts books available right here!

Yep, the Fine Arts Room has all kinds of holiday craft books -- from frivolous to serious, and covering all of the Fall and Winter holidays.  (Easter and Spring, too, but those are for another post).  This is just a list of titles and authors, but they are easily found using our catalog at slpl.org.

50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving; Designs for Every Season and Occasion
A Creative Christmas  by Lynette Jensen
Artful Halloween; 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects  by Susan Wasinger
Best of Christmas Ideas (Better Homes & Gardens)
Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats (Better Homes & Gardens)
Celebrate Christmas with That Patch Work Place
Christmas Arrangements by Daniel Santamaria  by Daniel Santamaria
Christmas Countdown; 5 Advent Calendars (Cross Stitch)
Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree  by Edie Eckman
Christmas is Coming; Applique Quilt Patterns  by Cheryl Almgren Taylor
Christmas Joys: Decorating, Crafts & Recipes  [Country Living]
Christmas Magic; Decorative Ideas for Winter and Yuletide Patchwork  by Ingrid Perra
Christmas Quilling  by Elizabeth Moad
Complete Book of Garlands, Circles, & Decorative Wreaths  by Fiona Barnett
Creative Christmas Tree Decorations  by Carolyn Bell
Cross-Stitch Christmas Creations: Festive Perforated Paper Designs
Crochet Christmas [Annie’s Crochet]
Cross Stitched Cards for the Holidays
Day of the Dead Crafts  by Jerry Vigil
Deco Mesh Wreaths; 14 Seasonal & Holiday Designs
Extreme Pumpkin Carving  by Vic Hood
Felt Christmas Decorations  by Corinne Lapierre
Felt-o-Ween; 40 Scary-Cute Projects to Celebrate Halloween  by Kathy Sheldon
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas  by Stephen Brown
Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween  by Stephen Brown
Halloween!  Tricks, Treats, Fun & Sweets  by Morgana de Ville
Handcrafted Christmas: Ornaments, Decorations, and Cookie Recipes to Make at Home  by Susan Waggoner
Handmade for Christmas; Easy Crafts and Creative Ideas 
Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas  by Susan Waggoner
Here Comes Winter; Quilted Projects to Warm Your Home  by Jeanne Large
Holiday Character Coaster Sets  by Darlene Neubauer
Holiday Cheer Quilts
Holiday Crafts; 35 Projects for the Home and for Giving  by Catherine Woram
Knit a Vintage Christmas  by Candi Derr
Knit Christmas Stockings; 19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments
Knit Your Own Zombie  by Fiona Goble
Merry Christmas Sweaters to Knit  by Sue Stratford
Matthew Mead’s Halloween Spooktacular
Mini Knitted Christmas  by Sue Stratford
Modern Holiday; Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects  by Amanda Murphy
Movie  Monsters in Scale; A Modeler’s Gallery of Science Fiction and Horror Figures and Dioramas  by Mark C. Glassy
Natural Christmas Cards  by Ilona Butterer
New Christmas Tree  by Carrie Brown

Origami Holiday Decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa  by Florence Temko
Pumpkin Carving Book  by Deborah Scneebeli-Morrell
Quick Christmas Gifts; 25 Designs for Perfect Presents (Cross Stitch)
Quilter’s Home:  Winter  by Lois Krushina Fletcher
Quilts that Celebrate Autumn & Winter  by Karen Combs
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings  by Mette Handberg
Season’s Greetings: A Hatched and Patched Christmas  by Anni Downs
Simply Modern Christmas; Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays  by Cindy Lammon
Spooky & Bright; 101 Halloween Ideas
 “The Night Before Christmas” in Crochet  by Clement C. Moore
‘Tis the Autumn Season: Fall Quilts and Decorating Projects  by Jeanne Large
Treasury of Holiday Crochet  by Jean Leinhauser  (year-round)
Twelve Knits of Christmas  by Fiona Goble
Welcome to the North Pole: Santa’s Village in Applique  by Becky Goldsmith
Wreaths for All Seasons  by James T. Farmer

October 28, 2016

An Artful Halloween!

As you can see, we have books on pumpkin carving, making model movie monsters, and many other Halloween-related crafts.  Also, Halloween collectibles -- always fun.  C'mon by and get them this weekend, or place a hold to have them sent to your neighborhood branch!