The Creative Arts Society is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone.” Established in 1999, the vision of this group is to inspire cultural enrichment, community participation, and respect for diversity. Three professional artist members are featured in this exhibit.
LA Hollins creates visual art that is spontaneous, lushly textured, and instinctive. She explores life’s daily challenges, memories, and dreams through modern abstract expression. Her work often features the recurring themes of joy, hope, loss, humanity, wildlife, nature, and technology. She enjoys sharing art with others and working with families, the elderly, and populations with special needs. You can find her at https://bluestonesart.com/
Beverly uses art to reflect and understand. Color and form are the armatures that hold her images. Blue in the deepest purple, or red in the greenest leaf. Organic curve and geometric form suggest structure. There is an exploration of surface and under-painting. Always there is a reflection on place and impression. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi. Her art expresses her impressions. You can find her at http://beverlydennis.net/
Makenna is a lifelong Austinite and artist. She passionately utilizes organizational line technique to depict interesting perspectives in her work. She leaves “cluster lines” in her drawings because they are evidence of her process. In addition to watercolors, Makenna works with multiple mediums including resin, oil paint, and ink. She is currently enrolled at Austin Community College with the intention of earning a BFA. You can find her at www.makennahatterdesign.com
Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work at the library? Visit our Art at Laura’s page to find out more, see past shows, and submit your samples.
This Spring Break, join us at the library for a week filled with fun events and activities. We are celebrating the classic book The Wizard of Oz. Drop in at either location during the week to participate in the scavenger hunt and guessing jar games. Pick up a calendar for the month of March at the library, or print out the downloadable version here.
Here are just a few of the programs happening over the break:
- 3.16, 11am-1pm │ Backyard Neighborhood Gathering @ Westbank
- 3.18, 12-7pm │ All Day Free Play @ Laura’s
- 3.18, 1-2pm │ Discover Your Hidden Powers @ Westbank
- 3.18, 5-7pm │ Memoir Writing Workshop @ Westbank
- 3.19, 3-4pm │ Mad Science @ Westbank
- 3.19, 6:30pm │ Laughter Yoga @ Westbank
- 3.20, 10:30am │ Heartsong Music @ Westbank
- 3.20, 11am-1pm │ Hot Air Balloon Wind Chimes @ Laura’s
- 3.20, 4:30pm │ Discovery! Wild Things Zoofari @ Laura’s
- 3.21, 10:30am │ Stories of Kindness & Courage with Bernadette Nason @ Laura’s
- 3.21, 1-3pm │ Make Your Own Rainbow Jar @ Laura’s
- 3.21, 4pm │ Young Adult Book Club @ Laura’s
- 3.22, 11am-1pm │ Melted Crayon Art @ Laura’s
- 3.22, 2pm │ Movie Matinee: Wizard of Oz @ Laura’s
- 3.23, 11am │ Magician Cody Fisher @ Laura’s
- 3.23, 1-3pm │ Discovery! Plant a Seed @ Westbank
- 3.23, 3pm │ NEW! Women in Print Book Club @ Laura’s
Join us today at Laura’s for a special magic show by magician Cody Fisher. Cody combines comedy, magic, and lots of audience participation in his performances. Get ready to have some magical fun!
Cody Fisher is a crowd-favorite magician. Upon completion of multiple science degrees in biology and chemistry from The University of Texas, Cody decided to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry. After several years of graduate teaching and research, Cody made an amazing discovery; he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of a career in entertainment. When Cody is not out amazing audiences he is using his science education combined with magic to help others. Together with his wife Debbie, an Occupational Therapist, they have developed a unique program that uses “sleight of hand” magic as a form of therapy.
Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong is a unique seated form of exercise developed by Master Li Junfeng. This gentle form of Qi Gong is ideal for loosening stiff joints, restoring focus and mental clarity, producing deep relaxation, and promoting overall health. The movements are easy to perform for all fitness levels, and are ideal for anyone with lower extremity difficulties, such as knee or hip pain. The meditative element of Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong also helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and balance emotions.
Thomas Najar is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Qi Gong instructor. He left a career in hi-tech to pursue a healing career and has been teaching Qi Gong and practicing acupuncture since 2016. A native of Wisconsin, he’s lived in Austin for the past 20 years and is passionate about healthy living through fitness, nutrition and meditation.
The Discovery program offers hands-on exploring for young learners in many different topics, including science, art, music, and more. Come each week and discover something new!
All ages welcome.
Join us today to plant seeds in your own mini garden.
- 2nd: Brain Blox
- 9th: StoryBook Dance Making
- 16th: Fun & Games
- 23rd: Plant a Seed
- 30th: Shadow Factory presents Rapunzel (please arrive on time for performance)
Led by volunteer Camille Hoff, this book club reads and discusses books focusing on women’s perspective of the world. Their reading list includes literary fiction, non-fiction, and some classic titles. Join the group on the fourth Saturday of the month at 3 p.m. at Laura’s Library.
- March – A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968 – 1994 by Alice Munro
- April – Circe by Madeline Miller
- May – Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- June – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- July – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- August – A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk
- September – Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Get help with all of your technology from a tech-savvy teen. Bring cameras, laptops, questions about social media, apps, or anything else that comes to mind! Our tech-savvy teens will provide one-on-one help with all your technology questions.
@ Westbank Library on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
@ Laura’s and Westbank Library every Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Are you a teen interested in volunteering? Check out the volunteer page for more information.
Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient Chinese health care practice that integrates physical postures and gentle movements, breathing and focused mind. “Qi” means vital energy or life force, and “gong” means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong means cultivating energy and is practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.
In this one hour class, we will learn the different qi gong movements that help reduce stress, increase vitality, and build stamina.
Sandra Medina Bocangel is a physician from Mexico with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and a Master in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Her offices are in Austin and San Antonio. She has been practicing meditation for 15 years, and is a Zen Buddhism student in Austin.
You’re never too young for storytime! Our littlest book lovers stroll in to Infant Storytime to hear fun songs, stories, and fingerplays, followed by open free-play with other wee ones. Designed for children from 0 to 12 months old.
You can now stream a wonderful assortment of over 30,000 independent, documentary, foreign, and classic films from Kanopy, including The Great Courses. You can access Kanopy from the library’s website or directly at https://westbank.kanopy.com/. Follow these steps to set [...]