Upcoming and Current Happenings

 Art in the Library

Exploring Literature Through Creative Multi-Media | February 16 through March 30, 2018

During summer 2015, Professor Schilleman completed a puppetry seminar with longtime puppeteer, Celeste Rose in Portland, OR. She created 10 original characters based on her reading in medieval literature that can be used to create multiple tales based on Arthurian legend and romance. The characters included a knight, princess, king, queen, ogre, dwarf, forest hag, minstrel, and baby who can be adapted to fit various stories. On initially designing the various puppets, Professor Schilleman explains, “I came to realize that, although I had begun with an overarching story in mind, the characters of the puppets actually dictated the story's progression.” This realization came back to her while designing ELIT 332; the concept would fit quite cohesively with the course content. Medieval literature is full of archetypal characters that reflect the ideals of the age, and what better way to have the  students demonstrate their knowledge of medieval literary principles than by creating an original character that reflected those very principles! The students imagine, design, and create their characters, explaining their choices in an accompanying essay. Each puppet must have a painted papier-mâché head and a cloth body that are envisioned and crafted by the students themselves. Some students choose to recast their characters in a modern setting, while others rely on more standard medieval concepts. The puppets on display here were developed by the ELIT 332 class of Fall 2017.

Art as Pain Therapy | January 8 through March 29, 2018

Complimentary Interventions, a nursing class taught by Dana Krause, is based on research showing that when a patient with chronic pain or disease concentrates and learns from a positive activity, their brain will temporarily redirect the pain pathway and concentrate on the new task, thus relieving the pain a bit.  This can be practiced and perfected so that the pain may actually diminish over time or be controlled.  Students in the class assume the patient role and complete two 16 x 20 scripture based acrylic paintings. The unsigned pictures are then donated to health care facilities throughout the region.  To date about 600-700 have been donated. This exhibit will be available on the library's first floor January 8 through March 29, 2018.

Along the Promenade | January 8 through March 29, 2018

"Along the Promenade" features the photography of Diane Proffitt, a long-time resident of the Ooltewah-Collegedale area. She retired in August 2017 after having been employed by Southern Adventist University for over 41 years. Diane has enjoyed photography for a number of years with a particular focus on wildlife and nature. Before retiring, she enjoyed many walks “along the promenade” with her camera in hand. She and her husband spend most weekends on back road adventures searching for wildflowers, wildlife or other interesting places on roads less traveled. One of Diane’s favorite things to do with her photography is to create motivational posters. She has left a sample of a few as gifts to exhibit viewers.

Heidi E. Olson Paintings | January 8 through March 29, 2018

Influenced by her artistic father and creative grandmother, Heidi developed a love of drawing at a young age. During her college years, she completed many art classes and discovered her affection for oil-based painting. Heidi’s style involves the utilization of bright colors; ocean and landscape scenes are among her favorites. She enjoys hosting painting parties and sharing her artistic expressions with others. Heidi works as the office manager in the chemistry department at Southern Adventist University. She values time with her husband, Daniel, and their two Australian shepherds, Cali and Ares. This exhibit will be available on the library's second floor January 8 through March 29, 2018.

Hard Labor  | January 8 through March 29, 2018

A collection of artwork by Dylan Thomas entitled "Hard Labor" will be on display at McKee Library through March 29, 2018. By referencing Rauschenberg and others of the abstract expressionist movement, this series of works aims to subvert traditional ideas about who is allowed to participate in the world of fine art. Composed of materials gathered from gas station dumpsters and other spaces belonging to members of the working class of the American South, each work symbolizes the members of this demographic and endeavors to memorialize him or her by exalting objects which belonged to and represent the “white trash” individual.


 Upcoming Therapy Dog Visits

  • Tuesday, February 20 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Thursday, March 1 from 3 to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, March 20 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Monday, March 26 from 5 to 6 pm
  • Thursday, April 5 from 3 to 4 pm
  • Thursday, April 12 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Tuesday, April 24 from 12 to 1 pm & 3 to 4 pm