Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

In September 2013, the main library's Community Room will feature the exhibit, "Sunflowers" by Celine Pedemonti.

Ms. Pedemonti began her study of drawing and painting in 1952 at the age of 5 at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut. From this young age, art, as well as the in depth study of Art History became her passion. Her studies encompassed private art classes in grammar school and college preparatory courses in high school, earning her a seat at the University of Hartford, School of Fine Art. She continued her studies privately in Michigan, then entered Nazareth’s College Fine Art Degree Program in Rochester, New York, completing her Degree from Tyler Art School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited her work in juried shows and galleries in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Most rewarding of her achievements is being represented in private collections.

This exhibit is best described in her own words: "Years ago, I ‘fell in love’ with the sunflower's bold contrasts. My admiration naturally grew when I learned it had been used for medicine, food, beauty products, cloth dyes and its stems for building materials and fuel.  Fascinated, I searched and found a flourishing field of bright yellow petal, deep green-leaf, chocolate-centered sunflowers. In this setting, I studied, sketched, photographed and painted this enchanting annual. Year after year, my still lifes of sunflowers graced my homes - summer and winter - resulting in this fun exhibit of God’s beautiful handiwork. I continue to analyze and compare my natural works with abstract expressive renditions - an oeuvre of imaginative sharing in color where, I feel, the more textured surface canvas lends itself to a deeper truthful rendering."

Items on display are available for purchase. Please contact the artist using the information provided alongside the exhibit in the Community Room.

"Sunflowers" will be on display for the month of September. Please review the library's event calendar and hours of operation before viewing the exhibit.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

"Beauty of Art" by local artist Naveena Gulappa will on display in the hallway gallery on the library's main floor for the month of February.  An art teacher and henna artist, Naveena will show a variety of mixed media pieces that use unique materials such as micro-beads, glitter, fabric paints, rhinestones, and card stock paper. The end result is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Items included in the "Beauty of Art" collection are available for sale. Be sure to visit the gallery space before the show ends on February 28.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

With two art spaces in the main library, we are always thrilled when we can tell you about the simultaneous art exhibits taking place during any given month.  In the month of January, we also have a show hanging in the community art space in our main hallway, where we have a variety of hand-hooked rugs on display made by local rug hookers.

Rugs as works of art? Yes!

These beautiful, handmade rugs will be on display until the end of January.  Once you see them, you'll be hooked!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

Quilter Diane Cadrain will exhibit her handmade quilts in the main library's community room for the month of January 2013.  This exhibition, entitled, Natural Inspirations, takes, as the name implies, its inspirations from the natural beauty in the everyday things and places that may seem ordinary to one person's view, but are extraordinary to an artist's eye.  With names such as, "Lunch Among the Cabbages," "Serious Sushi," and "Jack 'O Lantern Mushrooms," each quilt is as unique as its title, and the detail and whimsy in each handcrafted piece make each one its own original work of art.

These one-of-a-kind quilts are available for purchase.  Contact information for the artist can be obtained from the Information Services Desk on Level 2 of the main library.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

Splashes of Color: Art Show with Jo Rembish and Sandy Swanson Fries

For the month of November 2012, the Farmington Libraries will host “Splashes of Color,” an art show displaying the acrylics of Jo Rembish and the watercolors of Sandra Swanson Fries in the community room of the main library on 6 Monteith Drive.

Jo Rembish is an artist who resides in Southington. She will be showing a variety of pieces including renderings of still life, landscape and florals.  She finds inspiration for her work in the endless beauty of the land, sea and sky along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast.  In addition, her flower garden serves as a resource for her still life and floral paintings.

She is a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, the Guilford Art League and the Southington Arts and Crafts Association. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections.  Among these is a piece purchased to hang in the offices of former congresswoman, Nancy Johnson.  Other awards include a Purchase Award from the East Hartford Art League as well as awards from the West Hartford Jr. Woman’s Club and the Glastonbury On The Green Art Show.

Sandra Swanson Fries, watercolorist, Southington resident, native of New Britain, is known for her use of the “negative” style of watercolor painting (painting “around” the object instead of painting the object) and also for her use of (more opaque) Chinese watercolors  on delicate rice paper.  In 1997 Sandy retired from teaching High School Earth Science and Health in Enfield.  She began painting in 2006. 

She has exhibited at many venues including the Hamden Government Building, the Southington Library, The Orchards at Southington and Paul Gregory’s Bistro in Southington. Her work has been accepted in shows at Pomperaug Woods, Hospital for Special Care, Connecticut Watercolor Society and the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Sandy is a member of the Southington Arts and Crafts Association and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

The artwork on display will be available for purchase.

The show will run from November 1 - 30, 2012.  As there are other programs that take place in this room, please consult the library schedule before viewing the gallery. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

Mixed Media Art Show with Gigi Mezzo Genovese

For the month of October 2012, the Farmington Libraries will host the artwork of Gigi Mezzo Genovese in the community room of the main library on 6 Monteith Drive. 

Gigi Mezzo Genovese has honed her artistic talents and explored the depths of her expression through her creations in realism. She words in several media: acrylic, pen & ink, watercolor and pastels. She has been painting professionally for over thirty-five years and her subject material has evolved to include seascapes, architecture, landscapes, still-life and wildlife. The artwork on display will be available for purchase. 

From her studio she has created paintings that grace many private collections from coast to coast, Great Britain, and the Cayman Islands. She has received numerous awards in competition throughout the Northeast. For more information on Gigi Genovese, visit her web site at:

Viewing this exhibition is free and open to the public. It is open during the library’s operating hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please visit the library’s web site for more information:

The show will run from October 1 - 31, 2012.  As there are other programs that take place in this room, please consult the library schedule before viewing the gallery.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Art Exhibit @ the Main Library

In September 2012, the Farmington Libraries will host the artwork of Constance Patterson. The show will exhibit her newest pieces and range in subject to include landscapes, portraits, and abstracts.  On September 8 there will be a reception from 1 – 4 pm, where art lovers can come view the show and meet the artist. During the reception she will display a number of small sculptures for the first time. They will be there for the reception only, as there is no place to have them permanently shown for the course of the show.

All pieces on display in the show will be available for purchase.

Constance Patterson is a Connecticut artist and designer who divides her time between a successful interior design business and her original, creative artistic endeavors which include oil painting, drawing, working with oil pastels, and watercolors. She has a degree in Art and Art History from Beloit College in Wisconsin, as well as a Masters degree in Information Science from Syracuse University (New York) and an Interior Design Degree from The Inchbald School in London England. Her work is represented in several private collections.

For more information about Constance Patterson and her work, visit her web site:

The show will run from September 1 - 30, 2012.  As there are other programs that take place in this room, please consult the library schedule before viewing the gallery.