Art in the Library
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known" ~Oscar Wilde
The Novi Public Library is home to an amazing collection of unique pieces of art. With an Art Brochure, take a walking tour of the artwork located throughout the Library and on the Library's grounds and learn more about the artists and their work.
Fox 2 News Story on the opening of the Novi Public Library. Story features Lunski's Life Tiles.
Generously donated by the Davio family in memory of long-time library patron, Carol Davio, this sweeping, freeform, multi-dimensional sculpture was created by Renee Dinauer. Renee has been creating a plethora of unique, freeform wall and free hanging sculpture formed of steam-bent hardwood since 1990. The sweeping bent elements are dyed, or painted and subsequently glue clamped into ridged forms to be fine finished. She has a great interest in constructivism of all kinds; as sculpture, or even architecture; challenging, traditional material bounds. Her greatest interest involves the study of surfaces, especially those alluding to a four-dimensional topological source, or extrapolation. See the Library’s newest art, displayed on the first floor across from the café.
Tree of Life
In Loving Memory of Our Friend
The Tree of Life, located in the main lobby behind the check-out desk, is made of metal, and was donated in memory of the Library’s dear friend and long-time patron, Myrtle Locke. Myrtle was a member of the Friends of the Novi Library for over 30 years as well as a Library Board member from 1988-1997. The tree is a representation of the universal symbol for “life”.
At the top of the staircase on the second floor is the display of 16 beautiful hand-blown glass apples, created by Richard Ritter. Richard is a graduate of Northville High School and the Center of Creative Studies in Detroit. His collections are showcased in the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as an impressive variety of museums and galleries worldwide. The Library's apple sculpture celebrates the City's history of apple orchards and symbolizes knowledge, associated with many of the resources at the Library.
Jumping on Books MosaicThe Sherrill Berman Activity Room showcases a charming glass mosaic inspired by a classic youth book. The impressive mosaic was designed by local artists, Dani Katsir and Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan, while the mosaic's glass was carefully cut, glued, and positioned by the friends and family of Sherrill Berman.
Reading Through Time Mural
Surrounding the Novi Special Race Car in the youth area on the first floor is the aptly titled, "Reading through Time" mural, designed and hand-painted by Michigan Artist, Stacy Schwartz. This intricate mural shows transportation through history, including stories and items of local interest, including Novi landmarks.
Three Children Reading Sculpture
As you enter the Library, you are greeted by a beautiful cast bronze sculpture of three children reading on a bench. This sculpture was designed by Randolph Rose of Yonkers, New York and donated by the Friends of the Novi Public Library.
The Librarian Sculpture
Standing tall at the main entrance drive as cars enter from 10 Mile Road, is "The Librarian". Formed out of the international symbol for "library", this stunning sculpture was created by highly respected Toledo artist, Jim Havens.
In Good Hands
This piece of art titled “In Good Hands” was created by artist Sylvia Aruffo and donated to the Library by her parents Ernest and Eva Dawn Aruffo.
Teen Space Art Exhibit
The Novi Public Library has partnered with the Novi High School Art Department to collaborate on an exhibit of student artwork to be displayed in the Library’s Teen Stop on the second floor. Various mediums of art are currently displayed including; acrylic, photography, digital, colored pencil, marker, ink, and more.
Emilie Beadle grew up in South Lyon, MI but began her journey as an artist while living on the island of Kauai. She studied under the direction of a master artist who introduced her to painting with a palette knife, which resembles a small spatula with a flexible steel blade. All of Emilie’s work is done entirely with this tool. Emilie takes great pride in producing vibrant, one-of-a-kind artwork using the highest quality materials available. One of Emilie's paintings can also be found at the Howell Opera House, where it will remain on display for one year as the 1st place recipient of Howell's Public Art Project.