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Crocker Art Museum curator will speak at Lodi Library fundraiser

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:50 am, Thu Nov 17, 2011.

The Knowlton Gallery, the Lodi Public Library Foundation and the Crocker Art Museum are presenting an annual Art Talk tonight to raise money for renovations of the Lodi Library.

Diana Daniels, associate curator at the Crocker Art Museum, is giving a slide-illustrated talk about the new world-class Crocker Art Museum and the current exhibit, "Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders."

This is the second of the Lodi Public Library Foundation's art lectures. Last year's event featured a discussion lead by Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, who presented images from the museum's collection of early California paintings.

Daniels will share a look at Crocker's own renovations in the Teel Family Pavilion, and how collections and audiences shaped the addition.

She will also discuss the current exhibit on Clayton Bailey, the ceramist, sculptor and "mad scientist" who makes eccentric art, from clay fossils to metal robots.

Tickets to the Art Talk event are $10 at the door, and $5 for students with identification.

Last year's event raised $1,000, and they are hoping for more this year, Library Foundation president Margie Paulsen said.

According to Paulsen, the funds are being raised to start planning on the third phase of the library's renovations, which will include a new teen area, cafe seating and living room areas, improved technology access, new enclosed tutoring carrels, retrofits of the stacks in the adult area and new carpeting.

Robin Knowlton, owner of the Knowlton Gallery, has been active on library boards since she moved to Lodi 20 years ago. She says it's an expensive period for libraries as they try to keep up with technology, and it's important for a community to have a strong library.

"The public library is one of the foundations of any community," she said. "I feel very strongly that we need to have a functioning library for all incomes."

Tonight's Art Talk is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) at the Lodi Public Library, 201 W. Locust St.

If you are unable to attend, you may send donations to the Lodi Public Library Foundation, 201 W. Locust St., Lodi, 95240.

Contact Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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