Library Receives Art Gift, Announces Reception
April 18, 2019

BELOIT, WI – Beloit Public Library is excited to announce it is the recipient of an original painting from Wisconsin artist Tom Portz.

Portz is a Milwaukee-area investment advisor and artist who has won awards for his artwork from the Wisconsin Arts Alliance and the University of Wisconsin. It was his fond memories of visiting Beloit every Sunday with his mother, who grew up in the community, that motivated him to make the donation.

Beloit Public Library will celebrate the gift with a public reception and art show from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 inside the library. The show will include the gifted piece, as well as 90 additional Tom Portz paintings that will be on display throughout the library through October. The public is invited to attend the reception, which will include refreshments and a short program at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

“By choosing the Beloit Public Library to showcase his award-winning art, Tom Portz has proclaimed, loud and clear, not only his gratitude to his mother’s hometown, but the continued evolution of the public library from knowledge center, to cultural, artistic, and educational hub as well,” said Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library director. “Generosity is a Beloit trait, and no one knows that better than BPL. Come join us to be amazed by Tom’s extraordinary talent!”

This event also marks the library’s 125th year and its 10th anniversary in the Eclipse Center.

Beloit Public Library provides an outstanding array of services for a population of 48,000 people residing in the City of Beloit, as well as outlying areas in Beloit and Turtle Townships. In a community known for its diversity, Beloit Public Library strives to reach everyone in the community with unique programming for all ages, a full range of library materials, and rapidly evolving computer technology and workforce development tools and resources.

To learn more, visit www.beloitlibrary.org or follow Beloit Public Library on Facebook. To learn more about Portz, visit www.tomportzfineart.com.

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