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The power of local art at library Ernesto Lopez | Sat, Sep 25 2010 12:00 PM

In honor of their 15-year anniversary, the South Chula Vista Library has on display an art exhibition called "Power of the Imagination," created by local artist Armando Nunez.

"This is an occasion for beautiful art to be available in the neighborhood and to see for free," library director Betty Waznis said. "Being surrounded by books and learning, the art can definitely help inspire people."

Waznis also said exhibiting local artist's work is a "thrill" because the South Bay has an array of talented individuals and people in the area are interested in the arts.

Nu–ez, 60, who had three children with his wife Diane, has lived in Chula Vista since 1973. He also makes furniture, sculpts, writes poetry, sings and plays several musical instruments.

"Although I don't create art full-time I have always had a passion for it, it's definitely a part of me," Nu–ez said. "Being asked to showcase my art at my local library is an honor. I often visit to read art books to get inspired and seeing my art displayed (there) for other people to see is a great feeling."

The local artist said he named his exhibition "Power of the Imagination" because through his abstract style his intent is to stimulate the human mind.

Branch manager Joy Whatley said library patrons seem to be enjoying the exhibition because the art "evokes strong emotion." She added that this is not the first time Nu–ez contributed to the library. In 1995 he helped create the mural in the children's section.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the library at 389 Orange Ave. is hosting a "quincea–era" celebration in honor of their anniversary starting at 9:30 a.m.

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