Aaron Bivins’ Art on Display at the Main Branch Library

The Truth Staff

Aaron Bivins, one of Toledo’s outstanding artists who has gained renown in the area primarily for his work in watercolors, opened an exhibit in the art gallery of the Toledo Lucas County Main Branch Library on Thursday, January 19. The exhibit that will extend throughout most of Black History Month, closing on February 27.

Bivins has 45 paintings on display at the Library’s Gallery but not just in watercolors. This exhibit features Bivins’ mastery in a wide array of media – oil, watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Gouache, the artist’s most recent foray into painting, is a paste “a chalky type of medium,” says Bivins “that is like watercolor – less water – with nice opaque highlights.”

Bivins’ pieces range from the rather small recent gouache paintings to the much larger watercolors that are often portraits of famous people such as writer Maya Angelou and jazz artist Ornette Coleman.

Bivins’ art can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.