The Huntsville Public Library announced the beginning of a new collection last week. The Vicki Dodds Memorial Art Book Collection was proposed by artist Kate Brown as a way to honour the memory of her friend and local artist Vicki Dodds. Vicki was an enthusiastic advocate of both the local arts community and public libraries. (Read Doppler’s earlier story remembering Dodds here: Farewell Vicki Dodds – you will be missed.)
Anyone may donate an art book or the funds for the purchase of an art book to the library to be added to the collection. A special label will identify books in the collection and donors will be recognized with a custom book plate.
In a library release, artist Kate Brown expressed the purpose of the collection: “The Vicki Dodds Memorial Art Book Collection at the Huntsville Library will carry forward the passionate contributions that Vicki Dodds made to the art and culture of our town. Building this collection of art books will not only be a way of honouring Vicki Dodds as a remarkable human being, it will also be a manifestation of her belief in the power of art and books. It will be a legacy of an ever evolving educational resource for generations to come.”
Both the family of Vicki Dodds and the Huntsville Public Library Board support the initiative. “The Library Board supports art in the community through partnerships and displays of the works of all ages” shares Library Board Chair Sue Dixon, “and the memorial art book collection is a meaningful way to celebrate, honour and remember a wonderful artist, friend and active library user.”