The Beverly Hills Public Library recently unveiled three murals by artists Marion Dies and Marian Westall, whose works were unanimously selected from more than 30 artist submissions to be included in a renovation of the children’s library.
The children’s murals are titled “The Enchanted Woods”, “Depths of Imagination” and “Flights of Imagination”. Dies and Westall have painted murals for clients such as Disneyland, the Autry National Center and Cheesecake Factory.
“When I heard Friends of the Beverly Hills Library was looking for artists to provide art, I thought it would be great to work with Marian because we’re personal as well as professional friends, and I respect her work. I thought, let’s approach it as a team and see what happens,” Dies said.
“The murals are like big flat books on the walls,” Westall said. “I feel each one looks like a child’s book and there’s a story there. Each one is a fantasy in this little world, and it takes your mind to places that teach you to be creative and dream.”
As part of the children’s library renovation, the Friends of the Beverly Hills Library sought to recognize the tradition of the “Enchanted Woods” program, which was started in 1984 by librarian Rita Lipkis, who helped develop a collection of books to cultivate an appreciation of fine children’s books and illustrations. The organization raised more than $90,000 for the project.
“These murals bring art to the kids,” said Friends of the Beverly Hills Library incoming president Monique Gibbons. “Public art is crucial in our time and isn’t meant to be displayed only in museums. It should be living and breathing and these murals are an example of just that.”
The Beverly Hills Library is located at 444 N. Rexford Drive. For information, visit www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillspubliclibrary.
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