Library Displays Agriculture-themed Exhibit
The Salina Public Library will welcome Kansas author Thomas Fox Averill on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The related exhibit “100 Years of Agriculture: Past, Present and Future” will be on display through Aug. 31.
Averill will lead a discussion on Kansas literature related to farming and its evolution over time. He is writer-in-residence and professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, where he teaches courses in creative writing and Kansas literature, folklore and film. His publications include three novels: “Rode” (University of New Mexico Press, 2011), “Secrets of the Tsil Cafe,” (BlueHen/ Penguin Putnam, 2001, and reprinted by UNM Press in 2012), and “The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson” (BlueHen/Berkley, 2003). Averill also has written short stories, articles and poems and is an O. Henry Award winner.
The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC), a nonprofit that develops programs that create collaborative opportunities in the arts and humanities, has partnered with the Kansas Humanities Council to organize the “100 Years of Agriculture” exhibits and discussions. Children and adults who contribute art to the exhibitions were asked to express their experiences of how agriculture has affected them.
Visitors to the library, 301 W. Elm, will have an opportunity to view 60 works of art and accompanying stories. Submissions in the exhibit represent individuals residing in 12 states. Kansans contributing to the exhibit come from communities such as Baileyville, Basehor, Overland Park, Salina and Hugoton.
The exhibit also will be displayed at the Kansas State Fair from Sept. 7-16.
Individuals are encouraged to share their own stories through their creation of artworks and essays. Those interested in submitting works to be included in the exhibitions are encouraged to contact Jennifer Marsh, project director, at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (785) 670-2209.