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Inside 43215: books abound in art unbound

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Downtown Columbus

Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Friends of the Library host art unbound, an exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery inspired by, you guessed it, books. Whether you love art or a great read, you gotta check this out; and better yet, you will get the opportunity to buy a piece of artwork during an upcoming silent auction.

The art unbound exhibition opened on October 22 and runs through November 21, culminating in a silent auction reception.

The Friends of the Library challenged 18 local artists to transform tattered library books into remarkable works of art. Man, did they ever. From thought provoking to magical, the exhibit takes guests on an unimaginable and delightful journey through art and books.

There is no cost for admission to the exhibit, and you'll find it open during library hours on the second floor. When you visit the exhibit, don't forget to pull out your smartphone to access videos about each artist and what inspired the artwork.

"It's amazing to see the incredible works of art that were created from books that were on their way to be recycled," said Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library. "Eighteen local artists answered the Library's call by taking discarded books and breathing new life into them."

Tickets for the silent auction cost $50 and can be purchased at the Friends of the Library website. The price includes, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a complimentary one-year membership to the Friends of the Library. The November 21 event runs from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Gallery.