Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Joy Floyd: Collage Artist of Found Materials

Joy Floyd: Lobby Exhibit Through January 2009

Fabric, paper, wood, metal, shells, feathers are some of the materials Joy uses as a collage artist. The unique history of a found piece brings an element of beauty, that, in combination with other found materials, challenges the artist to offer it anew to the world. Textures, shapes and colors are Joy's focus in working out the puzzle of pieces in each collage.

"Finding a beautiful fabric or disgarded paper, some rusted metal or scarred wood will inspire the outcome of a collage more than my preconceived ideas. My goal is to honor the integrity of the old materials while presenting them in a new life."

-Joy Floyd

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Barney Library - Mario M. Pires - Visions From The Mundane Traveler

The Art Exhibit of Mario M. Pires, Visions From The Mundane Traveler: Capturing Society's Shared Experiences, will open with a reception on Saturday, December 6 from 2-4 p.m. at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington. The paintings will be on display through December 30th, 2008. The artist's statement is below.

Artist Statement

The works in this series focus on a study based on shared experiences in modern American society. There are similar occurrences, be they significant or minor, that most of contemporary American society experience (at one point or another) in their lives. The realization of this connection and parallel of experiences has fostered a motivation to pursue an investigation on this theme. Similar to the intentions of the American artist Edward Hopper, I have explored and created images of everyday occurrences, at times even focusing on common happenings. By exposing a moment in time, I will ask the viewing audience to realize some of the ordinary, yet interesting, images they are connected to in a common and comfortable way. My imagery addresses the mundane experiences of the common traveler and commuter. Many individuals spend a considerable amount of time moving from one place to another. Sometimes these experiences of traveling become so monotonous that we do not even know how we get to our destination. I intend to communicate to the viewer that life is filled with interesting experiences, even if we only capture a glimpse of what had happened.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hookers in the Library!

(Rug Hookers, that is)

Lobby Exhibit of Rug Hooking Courtesy of the Farmington Hookers

Most civilized Farmington ladies would not appreciate being called a “hooker”. However, Farmington residents Barbara Coppen, Jeannie Otulak, Betty Kelly and their group of Farmington Rug Hookers are proud to be identified by this scandalous term. In fact, they get quite a laugh about it.

The group of Farmington Rug Hookers, affectionately dubbed as “The Thursday Morning Hookers” by library staff, has been meeting to hook rugs for over 25 years. The group currently meets every Thursday morning in a library board room.

According to group members, the art of rug hooking is enjoying its biggest renaissance since the 1940s and 50s. Invented out of necessity to cover and warm bare floors, the early American craft has managed to evolve while remaining true to its roots. Traditionally hooked rugs are created out of wool strips, hooked into specific patterns and designs.

The Farmington Thursday Morning Hookers are exhibiting a collection of their rugs, in the lobby of the Farmington Library through the month of November. These rugs, known as “challenge rugs” are each based from the same pattern. However, every hooker must interpret the pattern in her own way. The final result? Every rug is entirely different and unique. The colors are different, the styles are different, the techniques are different in each rug.

Anyone interested in learning how to hook, or attending the Thursday morning hookers group, is encouraged to contact the library.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quattro Ceramic Group: November Show and Sale at Barney Library

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, is featuring the ceramic creations of the Quattro Ceramic Group in thier Hoppin Gallery from November 8 - 23.

10% of proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund.

The Quattro Ceramic Group is a collective of experienced local artists: Tom Zaccheo, a retired physician from Farmington, has studied at Wesleyan, The Farmington Arts Center and Central Connecticut State University and has participated in a number of exhibitions. Jenny Gonzalez from Bristol, was introduced to ceramics at Manchester Community College. She then went on to earn a degree in fine arts from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Art Education. Jeremey Fioravanti of Southington has studied ceramics and sculpture at CCSU and is currently working on a Master’s degree with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture. Pedro Centeno of New Britain, has also exhibited in a number of shows including the State House and the New and has a BA with a concentration in ceramics from CCSU. All have been intrigued and inspired by the ever changing experience and satisfaction of working with clay.

The Quattro Group show consists of a variety of works from wall hangings, sculptural and utilitarian pieces, to framed ceramic paintings of local scenes and non-representational designs, plus stoneware bird feeders in castle shapes. Ten percent of any sales of items from the exhibit will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund.

These multi-talented artists will host an opening celebration of their works with refreshments on Saturday, November 8 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Barney Library which is open to the public.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dors Weiner to Transform Farmington Library: Major Art Installation Titled “Whispers at the Library”

The month of November will be an exciting and colorful month for the Farmington Library! Artist Doris Weiner will transform the library’s community room during the month of November with her major site-specific art installation titled “Whispers at the Library.”

Doris Weiner is a pioneer in the field of modern art. She works with materials such as metal, fiberglass, wood, neon light, LED lighting, robotics, video, computer projectors, and recorded sound.

She has exhibited in corporations and major galleries in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Santa Monica and Montreal. Her work is featured in corporate and private collections nationwide, and in a variety of museums and shows, including the Danforth Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Whistler Art Museum, the Decordova Museum, ArtExpo New York, the Boston Design Center, the Design Center of Florida, and the National Arts Club.

What is in store for Library Patrons during the month of November? Patrons can expect to be awed and amazed by the scope of this exceptional installation. Library space will be transformed into an environment of immersive virtual reality and sensory experience involving living walls, computer generated puddles of color, reflections and refractions of neon light, experimental sound and video/audio recordings. This installation promises to be a powerful expression, raising questions about the future of art, technology and place, ultimately challenging the conventional relationship between the viewer and the piece of art.

A catered reception – with wine & cheese – will be held on Saturday November 1st from 12 -4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Doris Weiner will present an artist talk/discussion of the installation at 2:30 pm on November 1st. More information on artist Doris Weiner can be obtained at:

For more information on this program, contact Sara Shea, Marketing Coordinator or Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. Please R.S.V.P. to if you plan to attend the November 1st Reception.

Donald Moss Exhibit in Library Lobby

Donald Moss has extensive experience as a former art designer for Sports Illustrated Magazine

Friday, March 28, 2008

March Art Exhibit Reception

What a great turn out for the March Art Reception! Thank you to everyone who contributed to make it a success! Congratulations to featured artists Heidi Olson, Chris O'Herron, Debbie Leonard, Carol Lowbeer, John Squire, and Kris Dezzani.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


The Farmington Library is honored to showcase a group
exhibit of artwork in the community room and hallway
gallery. The exhibit features the work of several local
Farmington Valley artists - John Squire, Chris O'Herron,
Kris Dezzani, Debbie Leonard, Heidi Olson & Carol Lowbeer.
A reception will be held on Thursday, March 27th, 6:30-9 pm.