Virtual Spotlight Art, 2020 Recap

Over the past months, we’ve showcased different local artists and their work on our YouTube channel and blog.

The Spotlight Art program with Plano Public Library, previously 18st AIRSpace Artist-in-Residence program, has gone virtual! Check out the works of local artists Sheila Cunningham, Courtney Hitt, Christine Song and Christine Miller with our blog posts, linked below.

Print Making and Journaling with Sheila Cunningham

Spotlight Artist Sheila Cunningham demonstrates how to carve images into various materials to make stamps as part of the printing process, and how to make a side-bound journal with visual journaling exercises


Gouache and Mixed-Media Painting with Courtney Hitt

Spotlight Artist Courtney Hitt shows you how she makes a masterpiece using gouache, acrylic paint and a variety of items to make markings


Fur Fashion with Christine Song

Spotlight Artist Christine Song, a fashion illustrator, works with two colors of acrylic paint (black and gold). Watch, as she demonstrates how she uses these shades to paint different types of fashionable furs


Celebrate Moments by Embroidering Badges with Christine Miller

Local artist Christine Miller started weaving in 1973, and got into weaving metal in the 80s. During this workshop, Miller shows you how to make badges from felt using embroidery techniques, as well as no-sew steps


Tanjore Painting with Shikha Bajaj

Watch Spotlight Artist Shikha Bajaj demonstrate the Tanjore art of gold leaf painting, a traditional Indian painting characterized by surface relief work, vibrant colors and embellishments of semi-precious stones giving the work a three dimensional effect.


Continued Learning

Interested in becoming an artist yourself? Plano Public Library is here for you! Check out some resources below to explore different techniques, styles, and artistic mediums:

STEAM Kits at the Library

Explore different kinds of art, such as embroidery, stamp making, weaving, origami and watercolor penciling, with these prepackaged kits, which come with enough supplies to give you a taste of an art. Holdable at all Plano Public Libraries. Read more with our STEAM Kits blog post


Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Comprehensive database providing detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of hobby enthusiasts. Explore the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center with our Getting Started blog post.

Requires a Plano Public Library card


Adobe Software in the Library

Don’t let technology be a barrier for your digital art pursuits! Though the Digital Creation Spaces are currently unavailable to public use, all five libraries have designated computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite. Read more with our Adobe at the Library blog post


With libraries now open for Grab and Go service, stop by to see local art currently on display at each location! Grab and Go service includes browsing the collection, using computers for two hours per day, and checking out holds. See updated information about current library services on our website.

If you have visual art that you are interested in displaying in the library, reach out to us! Contact exhibit coordinators at each location to schedule a time frame for your art to be displayed. View virtual tours of previously-shown artists’ work for a sense of the scope of talent and display options at each location.

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