The Art Lending Library is a system of lending and borrowing artwork to the public for free. It is a trust-based program where artists provide artwork to be checked out by any member of the public, and patrons allow artwork and artists into their homes; all in the spirit of sharing.
- Art Lending Library Mission Statement
The Art Lending Library (A.L.L.) (recently featured in City Arts Magazine) at Cooper in West Seattle has a call out to artists as well as an invitation to the general public to come check out art.
Did you know Seattle has an Art Lending Library, where you can borrow artwork for your own home for free? It was started by Seth Damm, Gina Coffman, and Flynn Bickley over here at Cooper Artist Housing. It’s been going strong for over a year and has been doing great. There are many sweet stories of people who have really enjoyed having art in their home for the first time in their lives.
If you are an artist who would like to contribute a piece of work for circulation in the Library, I’ve posted all the details here.
Here is a video of Seth explaining how A.L.L. works.
The best thing about this past First Thursday was a conversation I had in a parking lot afterwards. I live at Cooper Artist Housing, in the old renovated Cooper School in West Seattle.
Getting out of my car that evening, I got to chatting with Alice Wheeler, my downstairs neighbor. We talked for a while next to the patch of dirt where her dog pees and where my dog refuses to pee. We usually talk about our dogs; why haven’t we talked about art? We each supposed that for the past two years, Life has been happening to each of us rather tumultuously. Alice has lived in Seattle for twenty years, and has stored endless bits of information about the art scene here. We talked about our different backgrounds: She considers herself a self-taught artist, whereas I feel like grad school made me the artist I am. She said that much of the success she’s had in Seattle is due to her active participation in the community, meeting people and being a familiar face. We talked about the importance of artsits getting to know each other and helping each other make connections. I get to feeling sort of isolated as an artist sometimes, so this reminder of the necessity of community was encouraging. Maybe this career path won’t be as socially disfunctional as I was beginning to fear.