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Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey

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The library is excited to introduce our Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey! Through a generous grant from the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, Stephanie will bring art and education together at the Little Chute Public Library. During her time as artist-in-residence, Stephanie will teach three Street Art Workshops, create an original mural in the Little Chute Library, and lead a community mural project during Cheese Fest 2017.  Keep reading to learn more about Stephanie, her work, and all the great programs she's bringing to the library!


Artist’s Statement
I am often asked why I make art.  The answer always involves something the French sculptor Marisol said:  “I was born an artist. Afterwards, I had to explain to everyone just what that meant.”   Although I am always trying to figure out exactly how and why art is such an enormous part of my life, I do know the importance of an artist’s ability to send a message to the community.  For me, the traditional gendered roles need to be reevaluated.  In my art, I strive to do this in any way that I can.

Much of my recent work comes from my feelings of being pulled two very different ways because I am a woman.  I am torn between these two vividly different and wildly ensued people, or a place to call home in between the two.  There is a maiden-named, tattooed, wild painter with ink under her fingernails.  She glamorously drinks wine at gallery openings and self-expresses at any and all costs.  In opposition, sits the stay at home wife and mother of two.  An apron-clad woman who can wipe runny noses, organize a bake sale, and change a diaper in one motion.  

For me, personally, rejecting the traditional feminine rolls has its consequences.  Although I do not completely confine myself to the stereotypical housewife and mother, I feel pressure to demonstrate my womanhood.   I find myself baking cupcakes more than necessary, insisting to wear mascara most every day, and proving my proficiency in other “lady-like” activities, in an attempt to somehow overcompensate for being a feminist.  I wonder why I do not just think of myself as an artist, but as a female artist.  Much of my inspiration for my art comes from these gender-geared labels and the connotations that float around them.

Stephanie Harvey is a photographer and print maker with a passion for community art projects. She attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, which is where she fell in love with printmaking. Much of Stephanie's work is based on the reevaluation of traditional gender stereotypes. She strives to make a stand for a more comprehensive understanding and acceptance while still trying to maintain a bit of lightheartedness about the subject. Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching children and exploring art.



Upcoming Events
(visit the Calendar of Events for more details and links to register for Street Art Workshops)

Teen Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, August 21st, 2:00-4:00 at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to ages 13 to 17. Registration now open.  Register online or call the Little Chute Library to sign up, 788-7825. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows.
Ages 13 to 17 Registration 
Adult Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, August 21st, 6:00-8:00PM at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to ages 18 and up. Registration now open.  Register online or call the Little Chute Library to sign up, 788-7825. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows.
Adult Registration

Learning history of street art is just the start of getting immersed in the world of easily accessible art.  There really are endless possibilities for sharing and showing your art once you learn how to create and use stencils.   In addition to the actual process of creating reusable stencil art, we will also be focused on the principles of design and bettering yourself as an artist.  Class will end with brightening up a local area in our community. 

During her time as artist-in-residence, Harvey taught several Street Art Workshops, created an original mural in the Little Chute Library and lead a community mural project throughout the Summer of 2017 at Doyle Park that is just wrapping up after help from many community members, students, Girl Scouts and more.   Harvey also worked with the Stencil Workshop atendees to create some smaller installs around the area and will continue to create public art in the streets and shared spaces for the community to enjoy.  


Rockin' with Leonardo

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:15am
Kimberly Public Library

It's time to go ROCKIN' AND READING with Leonardo when he strums into town from Chicago with his humorous, high energy musical program that inspires young rockers to become big readers!  

This highly interactive performance has plenty of sing-a-longs, hand signs, dance moves, and volunteers "jamming" with the band. As part of Build a Better World, audiences will build letters and words with their bodies while learning that their actions can make the world a better place. Sponsored by Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS).

Kahoot Teen Trivia

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Little Chute Public Library
hands lifting up phones

It's trivia time for teens featuring a wide array of topics. Bring along your smartphone or tablet and get in the game show mode by answering multiple-choice question projected on a screen. Who will be crowned the trivia champion? Fun for grades 6-12. 

Pages in the Park

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Heesakker Park, 1509 E Lincoln Ave, Little Chute

Arrive at the park anytime between 5-7 p.m. to enjoy a self-led story walk in the woods. Pages from a delightful picture book, Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney, will be stationed along the stroller-friendly path to read together as you enjoy the beauty of nature.

 Families will also have the option to cross the Fox River canal on the bow-string pedestrian bridge that connects Heesakker Park and Island Park. A craft related to the story will be available after the walk in the pavilion. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner for a fun family evening in the park. Sponsored by the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library and the Little Chute Park and Rec.Dept.

Truly Remarkable Loon Juggler Show

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Kimberly Public Library
man spinning ten plates before audience

Truly Remarkable Loon--yes, that is his real name!-- has been performing as a juggler for forty years. His comedy juggling show, "Read Books and Juggle Everything Else," features a great variety of technical juggling and balancing feats, non-stop comedy patter, and a big dose of foolishness. Great for children and adults alike!

Family Movie: The Boss Baby

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kimberly Public Library
baby wearing business suit

Based on the picture book by Marla Frazee, The Boss Baby tells the story of how a new suit-wearing baby's arrival impacts a family as told from the point of view of big brother Tim, an imaginative seven-year old. 

This comedy has a sly, heart-felt message about the importance of family. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

Books & Brews

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm ~ Seth's Coffee (106 E Main St, Little Chute)
Author: Susan Meissner
From Goodreads.com: A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 
September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?
Join us the second Thursday of each month at Seth's Coffee in Little Chute for Books & Brews! We read a variety of genres, fiction and nonfiction, throughout the year. New members welcome! Want more information on KimLit's Books clubs? Look here: http://kimlit.org/book-clubs 
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