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Posted on Jan 19, 2019

Two artists’ work featured at library

The Quincy Public Library is doubling down on Basin talent this winter.
For the first time in recent memory, the walls of the library exhibit the works of not one but two artists, Leanne Hickman from Othello and Lenny Harm from Moses Lake.
Both belong to Desert Artists, a Moses Lake-based painting group, said Pam Barrow, volunteer art coordinator for the Quincy branch of the NCRL.

This painting of horses was done on a peacock feather by Basin artist Leanne Hickman.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Desert Artists representatives contacted the library and brought samples of their work for Barrow and fellow volunteer Roxa Kreimeyer. They decided at the end of the showing of Leslie Tobin’s photos in December to bring in Hickman and Harm for a couple of months, Barrow said.
Harm works with acrylics, and Hickman paints on peacock feathers.
“It’s not common, but it is doable,” Barrow said of the painted feathers. “It’s for people who like to do something a little different. It’s hard because the feathers separate, so you have to deal with it very, very carefully. It’s very fine work, very detailed.”

“Resting Seagull,” an acrylic painting by Basin artist Lenny Harm, is on display at the Quincy library. As evidenced by a “SOLD” tag, some of the art on display has proven quite popular.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

People don’t go around yanking peacock feathers, and there is not a “Peacock” aisle at most stores. But, Barrow added, the birds shed and molt and artists collect feathers that way. Peacocks make great guard-birds.
“They make a lot of noise and they can also be very ‘pecky,’” Barrow said.
The exhibit will be up until mid-to-late February, and perhaps even later, depending on the availability of the next artist or artists.
So far, the positive response to Harm and Hickman’s work has been “huge,” Barrow added, with Barrow herself buying some of the works by the artists.
“They display well and the people are enjoying it,” she said, adding that other folks had purchased some of the pieces as well.
People interested in having the library show their work may call the library at 509-787-2359, Barrow said.
“It’s just fun to show what people can do and what they can accomplish,” Barrow said.

By Sebastian Moraga,