The La Jolla Riford Library has added to its permanent art collection thanks to a donation from San Diego landscape painter Erin Hanson. Entitled Magenta Lights, the oil on canvas is a semi-abstract depiction of the oak-dotted dawn hills of a Paso Robles, California winery.

“The painting really enhances the public experience of sitting here in our reading area,” said Shaun Briley, branch manager. “Look at the colors and how they match the pattern. It is as if it had always been intended to be there.

Arlene Powers, co-chair of the library’s arts committee, added, “All the staff fell in love with it. “

The painting was on loan from the library’s 2018 spring exhibition Colors of Spring. Although the library has not officially requested the loan to upgrade to a giveaway, Briley admitted to commenting to Powers, “Well, couldn’t this stay here a little longer?” That comment came back to Hanson, who was so happy to be of service that she even paid to have a title plaque made.

Hanson called the Friends of La Jolla Library – which in 2014 made her the center of their first solo show – “one of the reasons” she moved her life and art gallery from LA to San Diego two years ago. (His gallery is in Miramar.)

“Everyone was so excited to have me there, I thought, ‘This is really cool,'” said Hanson. “So when I decided to leave LA, I chose San Diego.”

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