Art in the Pages
Finding Beauty in Reading Through Art in the Pages
Bringing a love for art and reading together, Art in the Pages is Fairfax County’s first public art project. Meant to highlight the Fairfax Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, All Fairfax Reads, and the Fall for the Book, this project was made possible by generous sponsors like Verizon.
Designs were submitted by local artists, transforming four-foot high sculptures of open books into beautiful monuments to local themes and history.
Since 2008, Art in the Pages sculptures have been placed outside of library branches, schools, and businesses in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. The design unveiling reception took place at Charles and Lynda Robb’s home, followed by the Paint-In event in which the sculptures were displayed at the old library building in the City of Fairfax. At the Art in the Pages final reception, miniature statuettes were auctioned.
One statue sponsored by Visit Fairfax is on display at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Another, titled The Book of Tumaini, is located at the Hopkins House James & Juliette McNeil Preschool.
Art in the Pages was the first public statue art initiative in Fairfax, Virginia, and marks an initiative to bolster city libraries. The engagement of local artists allowed for a platform for local talent, and showcased skills valuable to the community.
The following generous donors made Art in the Pages possible
Special thanks to our Signature Sponsor:
Publisher Sponsors ($10,000):
Anonymous in honor of Barbara Fried
Arts Council of Fairfax County
Melanin Art Appraisals, LLC
IPAR – Initiative for Public Art- Reston
Interstate Worldwide Relocation Services
James & Juliette McNeil Family Foundation
Alan and Sally Merten
Editor Sponsors ($5,000):
Anonymous in honor of George Mason Friends
Betty W. Downard Estate
Friends of the Burke Centre Library
Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library
Friends of the Kings Park Library
Friends of the Oakton Library
Friends of the Patrick Henry Library
Friends of the Pohick Regional Library
Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library
Visit Fairfax – FXVA.com
Investment Planning Solutions, LLC
John and Jeanette Mason
PSA / Dewberry
Paul and Susan Thorniley
Author Sponsor ($2,500):
Book Sponsors ($1,000):
Debra & Edwin S. Clay, III
Sidney O. Dewberry
Friends of Fairfax, Inc.
J. D. Morrissette
Kent & Mary Myers
Reader Sponsors ($500):
Laura & Mark Mandeles
Martina & Jim Murphy