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

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!

October 13, 2016

Architecture of Scotland, Part 2 -- Oct. 25

Please join us Tuesday evening, October 25 for a continuation of last year's most popular event in our series of architecture talks.  Architectural historian Esley Hamilton will be speaking on "The Architecture of Scotland, Part 2."

The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Room, on Central Library's third floor, at 6:30 pm.

Beforehand, drop in and view the Steedman Room, part of the Fine Arts department on the second floor, at 6:00 pm.

September 26, 2016

Welcome autumn with new art books!

Finally the heat of summer has abated... a perfect time to visit the Fine Arts Room in beautiful Central Library.  Here are some of our most recent acquisitions.  Enjoy!

Frank Stella Prints; A Catalogue Raisonné
Roland Paris: The Art Deco Jester King  by Alberto Shayo
Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Vol. 7, South Atlantic

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color  by Marietta Cambareri
Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Exhibition Art; Graphics and Space Design
Graffiti Planet
Peacock & Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny  by A. S. Byatt
The Spirit of Indian Painting  by B. N. Goswamy
Street Art

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
The English Castles Story  by Marc Alexander
Karl Friedrich Schinkel  by Martin Steffens

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Coffee Culture: Hot Coffee + Cool Spaces  by Robert Schneider
Eat and Stay: Restaurant Graphics & Interiors

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Award-Winning Basket Designs  by Pati English
Encaustic Art: Painting with Wax  by Michael Bossom
Lessons in Classical Painting  by Juliette Aristides

Antiques / Collectibles
The Della Robbia Pottery; from Renaissance to Regent Street
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America  by JoAnn Moser

September 10, 2016

Latest visual art book acquisitions

Even though our book ordering year has ended (it will resume again in October, never fear), the wonderful titles we ordered recently are still coming in. They run the gamut from serious art  and architecture history tomes to fun craft books and collectibles guides.

C'mon by and take a look, or request that they be sent to your home branch!  

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Anselm Kiefer: The Woodcuts, exhibit catalog of The Albertina, Vienna
Art Cologne 1967-2016; The First Art Fair
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art  by Sebastian Smee
The Artist and his Critic Stripped Bare; The Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Level
Botticelli Reimagined, exhibit catalog of the Victoria & Albert Museum
The Brothers Le Nain; Painters of 17th Century France, exhibit of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
Tinguely, exhibit catalog of the Museum Kunstpalast, et al.

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Architecture at the End of the Earth; Photographing the Russian North  by Wm. Craft Brumfield
Architecture in Wood: A World History  by Will Pryce
Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough [The Buildings of England]  by Charles O’Brien/Nikolaus Pevsner
Buildings of Savannah  by Robin B. Williams, et al.
Garden Design Solutions  by Stephen Woodhams
Living Roofs  by Ashley Penn

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Inside Rio  by Lenny Niemeyer
Light Meal Restaurant: Dine-in Cultural Space  ed. by Brenda Heath
Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters  by Pat Jones

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Pyrography: 18 Step-by-Step Projects to Make  by Bob Neill
Tapestry Crochet and More  by Maria Gullberg
Tie Dip Dye  by Pepa Martin

Antiques / Collectibles
Homestead Glass Works: Bryce, Higbee & Co.  by Paul Kirk
Warman’s Depression Glass: Identification and Price Guide, 6th ed