Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Novmeber Exhibit - Don Axleroad


The Minotaur Story, Mythological Beasts, and the Realities of Aging”, three exhibitions of prints and paintings by Donald Axleroad, Nov. 3 through November 27. Reception, Saturday, November 7, 3 to 5 p.m.; Artist walk & Talk, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October Artist in Lobby/Hall - Whitney Boyajian

Whitney Boyajian - October Photography Exhibit

Have you ever touched a zebra? Or watched a lightning storm in the middle of the desert? These are just some of the experiences photographer Whitney Boyajian has captured on her camera.

Whitney has always been interested in photography, along with learning about other cultures. She also enjoys traveling around the world to take one-of-a-kind photographs. Her favorite things to take pictures of are landscapes and animals. Nikon digital-SLR cameras are used to capture her unique images.

She graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Central Connecticut State University. She also traveled to Costa Rica several times and did extensive research there, producing a paper about daily life and culture through photography. In addition, Whitney presented a slideshow to show the Costa Rican community all the hard work her and volunteers did on a service learning project.

Her pictures will be displayed throughout the month of October in the lobby and corridor gallery of the Farmington Library. There will be a reception on Saturday, October 3rd from 2 - 4pm to kick off the exhibit. The reception is free and open to all, refreshments will be served. Kids welcome, as well as any questions. Come see her unique photographs – there’s something for everyone!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Community Room 9-2009

The Farmington Valley Arts Center coalition is presenting this September's exhibit. Their bios and statements are below.

Kevin Mihaly - Mihaly Portrait Design
Kevin creates individualized portraits that reveal the subject’s unique spirit. His easy going style, attention to detail and specialized customer service allow him to make the entire photographic experience an enjoyable one. Kevin captures that distinctive spirit in every photograph, resulting in a unique work of art, finished on the finest paper or canvas and masterfully matted and framed. Mihaly Portrait Design provides studio and on location services for children, families, engagements, high school seniors, reunions, maternity, fashion, corporate, events and celebrations. We also have a wide selection of Asian landscapes. Prior to the opening of his current studio in Avon, Connecticut, Kevin’s studio was located in Tokyo, Japan where his work was featured in Asian and European magazines. His work is also displayed in Japanese homes and galleries and enjoyed by families around the world. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and London, England and he received extensive photographic training at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. Previously, Kevin worked for ESPN. He joined the network when it was a fledgling two year old organization and for 20 years worked within the production department contributing to achieving the growth and reputation ESPN enjoys today. During his tenure with ESPN, Kevin was honored with three Emmy awards recognizing his ability to tell stories by using creative visual elements along with meaningful narrative.
Harriet Winograd
I have always been an artist. Professionally, this has taken me down many paths. Dress Designer (hated the industry), Basket Maker (slow work, no money), Art Teacher (loved it and I was good), Art Historian (needed a doctorate), Graphic Designer (computer-phobic), Jewelry Maker (passing fancy), Art Administrator (I was terrible), Painter/Sculptor (love it, need more discipline), Art Therapist (my present career, is wonderful!). It has been a bumpy and exciting ride (especially for someone who doesn’t like rollercoasters).
Sandy Welch
Sandy is the consummate artist, who consistently endeavors to catch the essence of her subject, be it the pose of a fashionista, a sun-drenched luxurious meadow, or a coquettish shoe. Painting is her pulse, and her canvasses POP with provocative color and a flirtatious style. Sandy attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and has studied with professional artists, Bob Noreika, Beth Ellis, Charles Slovek, Stuart Shils and Ilona Levitz, among others. Sandy has exhibited at the Fisher Gallery at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Chase Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, West Hartford, West Hartford Art League, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford Stage, Real Art Ways, On Twenty, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Sandy has been featured in the Hartford Courant numerous times, West Hartford Public Television, Farmington Valley Arts Center Connections, and Artist Magazine’s featured artist. “Painting is vital to my life. I paint from a youthful, fresh, feminine and passionate perspective. Summer is my mirror, and fashion is my muse. My palette is filled with the delicious colors of summer. The many faces and inner beauty of women fascinate me. I’m excited by the beauty that surrounds me. This is how I choose to create my life and my art.”
Deborah Wadsworth
Deborah is a professional and award winning artist and art instructor who lives in a small historic town in Connecticut. Her focus and passion is related to the artistic development of the beginner painter and their continued artistic success. Her working studio at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT is a lovely, quiet and inspiring place. At least twenty other professional artists work there as well. The studios are open year round to the visiting public and offers two seasonal openings in the spring and winter months.
Claire Fish
Claire is primarily a landscape painter working in oils and acrylic paints. She resides in Avon with her husband Robert and has a studio at the Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon. She raised a family of four, taught school, worked at CIGNA and for the past ten years has devoted her days to painting and creating monotypes. She has taken many classes and workshops with local and nationally known artists to further her knowledge of the painting process. She paints landscapes with rolling hills and farms. During the cold winter months she brings fresh flowers to her studio to paint still lives. Claire is living her dream to paint beautiful, peaceful paintings. She has shown her work at many juried shows throughout the state and has been the recipient of awards for her work. She has had solo shows at CHUBB, Trinity College, Town and County, Bin 228 and Piccolo Arancio.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

September 2009 - Small Gallery and Lobby




Joanne Norr's reception will be from 2-4pm on Saturday, September 12.

Joanne C. Norr received a Bachelors in Education with a Concentrate in Art from Central Connecticut State College and a MALS in Art from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She worked as a Medical Illustrator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Newington, CT, and in San Diego, CA, and is currently retired. A Connecticut native and now residing in Farmington, CT, she previously lived in San Diego, CA, and in Kimberling City, MO, where she was last a member and exhibitor of the Table Rock Art Guild in southern Missouri. Recently, she has exhibited at the Guilford Library and at the Members Show at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Joanne currently enjoys working in various media, notably oils and watercolor, digital collages in photoshop, and mixed media and materials collages.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July/August Exhibit At Barney Library

bit features local artists


The Barney Library Hoppin Gallery will feature the art of Dawn Nolan-Lombardi, Jane W. Maciel, and Catherine Noujaim thru August 13, 2009. The exhibit includes the colors and textures of food and wine painted in rich oils, the drawings and small watercolors of daily memories, and ceramic handwork.

A sneak preview of these creations starts on July 27, 2009. The public is invited to attend a special arts celebration with music by Crescendo in The Reading Room of The Barney Library at the "Meet The Artists" reception on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Celebrate America this July with Gary Kollberg's Exhibit at the Farmington Library


Celebrate July and Independence day with the latest exhibit at the Farmington Library. Artist Gary Kollberg's exhibit features collages and paintings that celebrate America. His complex collages feature antiques and Americana collectibles.


Gary Kollberg is largely self-taught, although he studied with Ruth Van Sickle Ford at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1959. He graduated with honors from the Parsons School of Design degree program with New York University.


In the early 1960's Kollberg entered the field of Graphic Design as Art Director at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was responsible for the complete redesign of the Institute Magazine and technical journals as well as promotional material.


Kollberg expanded his visibility in the design field with positions such as Design Director with important firms such as Raymond Loewy in New York City, where he was responsible for package design with clients including Nabisco, Brown Foreman, and Corporate Identity Programs for the United States Postal Service, Chubb Insurance, Northwest Airlines, Norfolk Scope, Naussau Coliseum, Exxon and various banks.


Mr. Kollberg retired in 2001 and continues to devote enjoyable time to Watercolor painting, and other creative outlets such as Structural Assemblages and Wood Carving.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July Art Exhibits

Lobby & Corridor Gallery: A Photography exhibit by Wendy Rosenberg, featuring horticultural photography of plants, flowers and animals

Community Room: A Patriotic Art Exhibit in honor of Independence Day, featuring Patriotic collages and drawings by Gary Kohlberg

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

June community Room Exhibit


An Art Exhibit sponsored by Fermata, a non-profit artists aid organization, featuring children's drawings from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia and Bulgaria. The overall mission of the Fermata Corporation is to aid in the preservation of peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. The model for achieving this is through the synthesis of art, architecture, philosophy and poetry. Fermata promotes and encourages true intercultural dialogue between countries, through which the representatives of different countries can discover shared values and spiritual commonality.

June Lobby Exhibit


A Photography exhibit by Wendy Rosenberg, featuring horticultural photography of plants, flowers and animals.


Wendy is a self taught photographer and also a University of Connecticut certified Master Gardener. She has combined these two disciplines and created a photo exhibit of natural images directly from her own back yard. From the horticultural perspective she has developed a peaceful yet bustling natural habitat with a vast array of plants, flowers and water features which attract many diverse species. Photographically she has captured many unusual and unseen everyday creatures and flora right outside her door. All photos are true-to-life and never digitally or computer enhanced. A Nikon digital-SLR camera was used for all photos.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Art Exhibit: Linda Webber "Hanging Art"


During the month of May, the Farmington Library will feature the artwork of West Hartford Artist Linda Webber. Her works will be showcased in the library lobby, and in the corridor gallery.


Linda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. She has exhibited in shows and galleries across New England. She currently serves as Art Currator for the the University of Connecticut Heath Center Gallery, and works as a state licensed interior designer.


A reception to celebrate the opening of her show titled "Hanging Art" is scheduled for Saturday May 2nd from 3-5pm. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will feature refreshments, and a brief talk by the artist.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March Exhibits at the Farmington Library




Lobby & Community Room: A joint exhibit by artists William E. Tarn and Justine Coleman.

William Tarn is a member of various art associations including Lyme Art Association, Kent Art Association, Gallery 53 in Meriden, The Art League of New Britain, Southington Arts and Crafts Association and Wintonbury Art League.

His subject matter includes New England landscapes, and local Farmington Valley landscapes. His paints in oil and acrylic, and has won numerous awards and shown paintings in libraries and galleries state wide. William Tarn enjoys painting in his studio, and plein air painting.

Justine Coleman has been a visual artist, mostly in watercolors for almost thirty years. She enjoys painting bright, colorful subjects, including florals, landscapes, and historical buildings. She has taught watercolor painting classes at Elderhostel workshops and at several community based art programs in the Farmington Valley. She is a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society. Over the years, her artwork has been recognized for awards, most recently , First Place in Watercolors at the 2008 Kent Art Association Spring Show.

Corridor: Images of Nepal - Photography by Evan Cowles

"Images of Nepal" by Evan Cowles will run through the end of March. Farmington resident Evan Cowles trekked around the Manaslu circut, following the ancient trade route from the Budhi Gandaki river, proceeding over the snow covered Larke La Pass, with an altitude of 16,000 feet, and ending in Tibet. His breathtaking photographs document the journey.

Cowles' lecture, and artist reception, held on February 25th drew an extensive list of guests and library patrons.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Art Exhibits During the Month of February:

Lobby:  The photography of Carol Lowbeer, Carol Lowbeer is a member of the New England Professional Photography Association, the Charter Oak Photographic Society of West Hartford and several other organizations. She owns Caroleena Photography & Visual Arts llc in Farmington.

Corridor: "Images of Nepal" by Evan Cowles. Farmington resident Evan Cowles trekked around the Manaslu circut, following the ancient trade route from the Budhi Gandaki river, proceeding over the snow covered Larke La Pass, with an altitude of 16,000 feet, and ending in Tibet.  His breathtaking photographs document the journey.

Community Room: An exhibit of work by the Farmington High School faculty and alumni.