Mullica Hill Branch Library receives new sculpture

The piece of art, titled “Be Still,” is located in the library’s atrium

A sculpture, titled “Be Still,” now resides in the beautiful atrium at the center of the Mullica Hill Branch of the Gloucester County Library System. On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Friends of the Gloucester County Library System hosted a dedication ceremony for the artwork that was created especially for the library by sculptor Dan Dennison. In attendance were friends and family of Dennison, Friends members, library staff and the general public.

Scott Muir, Friends member, welcomed those gathered and introduced Library Director Anne Wodnick, who expressed thanks to Dennison for sharing his talents with all who use the library. She also thanked the Friends for their support of creative expression and cultural programming in the library.

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Friends President Beverly Siti introduced the artist, thanking him for creating a piece that fits so well with the serenity of the atrium.

Dennison is a Swedesboro resident and iron and steel sculptor. A welder by trade, he worked with wrought iron for 39 years and accumulated vast amounts of iron and steel scrap. Interested in repurposing waste materials and also seeking a creative outlet, Dennison began to play around with shapes and was soon sculpting metal scraps into artistic expressions.

The dedication ceremony included live music provided by harpist Richmond Carlton, and was followed by a reception. Following the program, guests were invited to walk out into the atrium for a closer look at “Be Still,” and to meet the artist.

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