Library Art Will Run Into Your Eyes

You may go to the library to read or use the computers for projects. But you probably didn’t look up long enough to see the art pieces . The glass chandelier was purchased because Dimond was required to spend 1 percent of the budget on art to show that the Dimond supports art. “Raptures of The Deep” is the name of the glass chandelier. It was made by Jane Coffmin in 2003. “The plan was to put in window at the top of the library that lets in light to shine off the chandelier and the library was to have rainbow light up the library. But one of the architects used his expert opinion and put in windows that don’t let in light”, said Suzanne Metcalfe, the Dimond librarian. “The Raptures of the Deep” is my favorite piece of art in the library and the it is the most expensive,” said Metcalfe. The quilt that is hanging in the Dimond library was a tribute to Mary Pat McDowell, a special education teacher who died after teaching at Dimond for 24 years. It was made and placed in the library by the former librarian Marie Lundstrum. It was put into the library because McDowell had a passion for sharing love for reading with her students. She left money for a scholarship. The orange painting was painted by Fred Trimble in 1974, a former student at Dimond. The whale painting was also painted by a former Dimond student. It was brought from the library in the old building. The beluga whales hang in the library are from an incident when 28 beluga whales were stranded on the beach. “Four of the beached whales died,” said Ron Morris, field supervisor for the National Marines Fisheries Service. Five Dimond teachers were involved: Tania Spurkland, Chris Backstrum, Jim Diehl, Les Matz and Laurel Stutzer. Dimond students helped cook all the meat off the bones of the big beluga whale that is hanging in the Dimond library. “The smell was horrible,” said one Dimond student. The meat was cooked off each bone one at a time. After the meat was gone the bones were bleached and cleaned so it could hang in the Dimond library. Dimond science class students reconstructed. After it was done it was hung in the library until it was moved from the old building into the new one. The Dimond library probably won’t be getting any new pieces of art to complement the school library because “there is not a lot of room on the walls for new pieces,” said Metcalfe.