Library art reception helps public ‘Transcend to Other Worlds’ with Orr and Wander |

Library art reception helps public ‘Transcend to Other Worlds’ with Orr and Wander

A colorful modern abstract of Lisa Orr highlights the walls of the Park City Library’s second floor.
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What: “Transcend to Other Worlds” artist reception for Lisa Orr and Evelyn Wander

When: 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.

Cost: Free


In the same way the Park City Library hosts author events,, it has started hosting artist receptions for visual artists it it exhibits exhibits on its walls every season.

One of the first receptions was held in April with photographer Richard D. Pick and charcoal artist Kristen Mitchel. The next one, which is also free and open to the public, will spotlight painters Lisa Orr and Evelin Wander from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Both artists will be at the reception on the second floor, said Kate Mapp, adult services librarian.

“Friends of the Park City Library sponsors the receptions, which allows the library get into a gallery setting,” she said. “We’re still a public library, so people who might not feel comfortable attending a gallery exhibit reception might find this to be a more comfortable place to come see art, meet the artists and get a feel for how receptions work.”

Orr and Wander’s exhibit is titled “Transcend to Other Worlds,” and will show through Nov. 24, Mapp said.

We have chosen these artists and paired them together because their works both have a modern feel, but are very different in their styles…” Kate Mapp, Park City Library adult services librarian

“We have chosen these artists and paired them together because their works both have a modern feel, but are very different in their styles, and what that implies is you can be exposed to things you may not normally be,” she said.

The art of Salt Lake City-based Orr adorns three outlying walls of the library’s second floor, while Waner’s art is located in the library’s reading room, according to Mapp.

“Lisa’s art showcases bright and vibrant colors, and each wall displays different phases she has gone through as an artist,” Mapp said. “When you see her works, you can see an array of techniques that she picked up throughout her career, and she goes from two-dimensional, free-form paintings to three-dimensional, strong-angled, multimedia work.”

Wander, who currently lives in Midway, specializes in fantastic realism, Mapp said.

“It’s about mood and seeing a realistic work that has fantasy elements to it,” she said. “It combines Renaissance and religious elements mixed with a specialized style.”

Wander developed her style while attending the Vienna School of Applied Arts, where fantastic realism originated, Mapp said.

“All of her stuff at the library is all images of Italy — Venice, Pisa and central Italy — but she has taken a dark approach to these scenes, and created a hodgepodge of emotions,” she said. “Her works are almost eerie in the dark colors she uses on the buildings, but then she paints her skies with bright sunny colors to balance her work.”

Showcasing Wanders work in the reading room gives the viewers a feel that they are seeing her scenes from a line of windows.

“It’s a fascinating way to see these works,” Mapp said. “You sometimes get a creepy feeling, because you can see a medieval landscapes without any people.”

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