Artwork on exhibit at The Hutchinson Library is just one of the many wonderful things about our local library. This month local artist Kathie Moore has her work on display.

Kathie Moore started drawing at a very young age and she continues to this day. Moore was born in California at the end of World War II. She later moved to Kansas, where her father was from originally, when she was two years old. Moore attended school in Nickerson, where she says there were no art classes available in her elementary or high school programs. Moore’s formal art training came later on in her life.

Moving to Hutchinson after graduation, her life was full of marriage and children and being a full-time employee at the Hutchinson Post Office until she retired in 2001.

“About the time I was determined to resume serious efforts after retirement, I started painting with the Friday Morning Artists at the Hutchinson Art Center,” Moore said.

The Friday Morning Artists continue to gather each Friday morning at the Hutchinson Art Center, where a live model or still life display is available to draw and paint from. But around this time she was also diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body.

Art has helped many of us heal in various ways, and Kathie Moore continued to draw and paint as she navigated through her health issues.

Moore passionately speaks about her creativity. “I love the fact that I can get lost in the creative process. Hours will pass when I'm painting and I lose track of the time. I can't really explain how I determine subject matter, but some object, scene or individual just ‘speaks to me’ and am compelled to capture whatever that appeal is in a painting.”

She would like the viewers to see the beauty of the commonplace in her work. Moore is intrigued and compelled to capture the simple subjects and scenes that are often overlooked.

She says, "there's value and something of interest to be found all around us.”

And you will find her work on display in the second floor auditorium at The Hutchinson Library through the end of October. The Hutchinson Library, 901 N Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.