Art at Hennepin County Library
by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
at Ridgedale Library - Staircase
Artist's statement: Once I learned to read, books took me into worlds I had never heard of. Since there were no libraries where we lived, we depended on a bookmobile that came once a month and parked down the road. At the end of the day, I would climb a tree and read books. I learned so many things I wanted to share with my father and sister.” The painting centers on Minnesota, the land, the inhabitants, its history and literature. Quick-to-See Smith selected quotes from books in the Library’s collection that are by or about each of the authors mentioned in the piece. She also pays homage to the various nationalities that helped Minnesota grow by including many of their languages. Images in the painting also pay tribute to Native American values – people, homes, animals, birds, fish, insects, trees, water, transportation, and the land.