As construction nears completion on the new Sterling Library, the Loudoun Arts Council has launched a public fundraising campaign to help continue a popular tradition.
Joan Gardiner, known as a storyteller through ceramics, has been commissioned to create a locally inspired art mural for the new library. “Journeys to Sterling” is Gardiner’s vision for the mural, which will represent the community through clay tiles inspired by photos of actual residents, and through colorful depictions of the travels many have made to arrive in the Sterling area. Gardiner’s work also is featured Rust Library in Leesburg, Purcellville Library, Middleburg Library, Gum Spring Library and Franklin Park Arts Center.
The Loudoun Arts Council is running a GoFundMe fundraising effort for the Sterling project.
The mural has partial funding from public sources, but won’t go forward without community support, said Arts Council President Jill Evans-Kavaldjian.
“Joan’s creativity brings delight to the communities she serves, and her signature works at other Loudoun library branches are well-loved and appreciated. We want to help do the same for the Sterling community at their new library, which opens April 15,” she said.
The GoFundMe project includes four levels of giving incentives for the project. Top-level donors will be acknowledged with custom project tiles itself.
For more information go to gofundme.com/sterlinglibrary.