Patrons of A.K. Smiley Library now have more to check out. Smiley’s principal librarian, Jennifer Downey, has selected and purchased 13 works by regional artists from two Redlands Art Association exhibitions that library patrons may borrow for six weeks at a time.

Library Director Don McCue and the A.K. Smiley Library board of trustees enthusiastically supported the artwork lending project.

“Circulating art used to be a popular service, but the artwork had gotten a little dated over the years,” McCue said. “We are hopeful our patrons will come in to check out these new beautiful pieces from some of Redlands’ finest artists.”

“Our member artists deeply appreciate the patronage of the Smiley Library board of trustees,” said Kimberli Munkres, president of the Redlands Art Association. “It’s important to support our cultural values and this is a way make it easy to place an art piece in someone’s home or office.”

The artwork lending library was the brainchild of Downey, whose mother, a retired art gallery manager, would borrow and bring home a new piece of artwork by a different regional artist once a month.

“We would come home on the first day of each month to find a new surprise above the fireplace, and each new piece would bring a fresh feeling to the room,” said Downey. “My mother inspired me to support local artists and to bring a sense of community into the home through artwork. I’m confident that our patrons will feel the same excitement in their own homes thanks to this partnership with the Redlands Art Association.”

Pieces in the collection

“Cats Gone Wild” Judith Sparhaw

“Rare Day” Linda Willason

“My Path is Narrow” Laura Ryan

“Smiley Library” Linda Willason

“Orange Hibiscus” Barbara Dipoma

“Copycat” Janet Esparza

“Autumn #2” Tina Carson

“Christmas Poinsettias” Clayre Heaslip

“Three Little Birds” Tina Carson

“Three Mill Stones” Evelyn Ifft

“Family Fun” Janet Esparza

“Daffodil Trio” Alan Milhan

“Umbrella Alley” Cherie Burns