TOWN OF LEE — As Jervis Public Library plans its next steps to get back to normal services, The Photo Shoppe and Fusion Art & Gift Gallery is planning a sale in June to benefit the library.
When owners Maria and Alan Ringlund recently found out about budget cuts, they were called to do something to help what they call a community treasure. When they saw that their gallery would be empty in June, they thought an art exhibit with items for sale to support the library would be perfectly timed.
This isn’t the first time they’ve worked together. Maria Ringlund shared her expertise in photography to help the staff update the library’s collection of books on the subject, and she served as photographer for the library’s re-branding effort when a modern logo was designed in 2009.
“We are excited to work with Maria and Alan again,” Jervis Library Executive Director Lisa A. Matte said. “They are generous, community-minded folks, and we are grateful for their generosity and creativity. It’s a wonderful opportunity to collaborate, highlighting local artists and also alerting artists to the resources the library has to support their work.”
Artists are asked to consider donating an item to be sold at the gallery in a dedicated exhibit area with the full sale price going to the library. Artists in all media are welcome to donate to the benefit. Artists should contact Maria Ringlund in person at the Shoppe, 8585 Turin Road, or by calling 315-338-5712. The sale will be held during June with all proceeds going to Jervis Public Library.