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Community ArtShare

T. B. Scott Library’s Community ArtShare program originated in 2006 with a $10,000 grant from the Mead Witter Foundation, Inc. with which secure display cases, easels, and other items were procured that have enabled the library to become a place for local artists and collectors to display their creations and hobbies. Displays featuring one or more artists or collectors are featured each month on an ongoing basis.

Buttons: Advent, Christmas, Bingo and More!  Who knew?!

from the private collection of Kathleen Marquardt

November – December 2018

Another stunning collection of buttons belonging to local resident Kathleen Marquardt is on display at T.B. Scott Free Library as the current Beyond Books: Community ArtShare exhibit.

Highlighted in this exhibit are Button Advent Calendars which feature various holiday related pictures or drawings with 24 accompanying buttons for each day of the calendar. The idea for this fun activity came from a group “The Button Buds” – fellow button enthusiasts who share their love of buttons with Kathleen. There are even easy to follow instructions on how to create a Button Advent Calendar of your own.

Each button has a story. Whether it’s a memory of the quest for a particular button, or the history and significance of individual items on display, each button has something to say. Holiday buttons and calendar shapes that are featured are: Santa, a Christmas tree, an angel, a gift/present, the North Pole and a gingerbread house. Come to T.B. Scott Free Library and spend some time enjoying this latest display.

The buttons will be available for viewing through December. T.B. Scott Library’s “Beyond Books: Community ArtShare” series features a new exhibit rotating on an ongoing basis. The series was originally made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Mead Witter Foundation, Inc. of Wisconsin Rapids.

Past Exhibits


  • “Wire & Found Object” Sculptures by David Jones
  • Photography of Tom Algire
  • For the Love of Snoopy: Private Collection
  • MAPS High School Seniors Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Pocket Watches: Robbie Johnson


  • Breyer Model Horses: Esther Trostle
  • Wisconsin Remembers Traveling Exhibit
  • Origami Creations: Troy Hanson
  • Universal Creations: Xoché Heller
  • Mini Art Fair: Local Artists
  • MAPS High School Senior Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Portraits of Personalities: David L. Sladky

T.B. Scott Free Library
106 West First Street
Merrill, WI 54452

Telephone (715) 536 - 7191

Fax (715) 536 - 1705

General Hours
Mon - Thurs: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 pm

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