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Glendale Downtown Library Celebrates Black History Month with Showcase Dollhouse by Artist Karen Collins

African-American Miniature Museum on display through February & March

Post Date:02/07/2019 12:00 PM

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Glendale Downtown Library Celebrates Black History Month with Showcase Dollhouse by Artist Karen Collins

African-American Miniature Museum on display through February & March

Glendale, CA (February 7, 2019) – The unique handmade shadow box dioramas of artist Karen Collins are on display at Glendale’s Downtown Central Library, 222 East Harvard Street, through March 31, 2019. Collins, who calls her work the African American Miniature Museum, uses recycled and found objects to craft detailed scenes from African American life, from Africa to the slave trade to segregation and civil rights.

Collins shines a distinctive spotlight on working class African Americans as well as successful performers such as renowned Los Angeles R&B and blues singer Barbara Morrison as well as performers Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong. For this exhibit, Collins has brought in her signature hand-crafted dollhouse, which features tableaus showing a variety of family scenes in traditional dress and in modern day scenarios.

In 2011, Collins was honored as a Southern California Freedom’s Sister by the Museum of Tolerance for her community outreach and for her contributions in promoting civil rights and aiding underprivileged groups. Her Miniature Museum travels to libraries and museums. Her work is currently on exhibit at the Getty Gallery in Los Angeles.

For more information, please call (818) 548-2021 or see the Library, Arts & Culture website, www.GlendaleLAC.org.

About Glendale
Known as the “Jewel City,” Glendale is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County. With a population of more than 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers nearly 50 public parks, and a municipal airport. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.

About Library, Arts & Culture
Glendale’s Library, Arts & Culture Department began in 1907 and includes six neighborhood libraries as well as the Brand Library & Art Center, housed in the historic 1904 mansion of Glendale pioneer Leslie C. Brand, and the Downtown Central Library, a 93,000 square foot center for studying, learning and gathering. For more information call Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2030 or see the website www.GlendaleLAC.org.

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