Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January Lobby Exhibit - SONG OF WINTER & THE SNOWBIRD

Public Library, January 5 though 31, 2010
A total winter experience of songbirds and nature

Carol Lowbeer’s whimsical “Song of the Snowbird” exhibit (featuring Connecticut’s winter birds in action) is joined by more photographs of local winter delights in her new exhibit at the Farmington Library January 5 through 31.

A colorful series of winter songbirds flying, cavorting and singing are accompanied by other scenes of snow and ice, creating a total “winter experience” for the visitor. The best part is that the Farmington Library’s cozy lobby boasts a fireplace and comfortable environment so you can experience all that winter weather without getting cold or wet. Among the “non-avian” photographs are “White Tree Spreading Its Branches,” a 16 x 20 photograph printed on canvas featuring a huge tree glistening immediately after a snowfall with branches so heavy they nearly touch the ground. “Blue Peaceful Pond” another large photograph on canvas is so vividly colored one wonders if it’s real. And the backyard winter birds are back – featuring colorful cardinals and blue jays, playful Gold finches, flying Woodpeckers, Carolina wrens showing off and Dark eyed Juncos taking “snow showers.”

A favorite part of the exhibit is that these winter birds are doing far more than sitting on snowy branches looking pretty. They are dining, flying, showing off and landing right before the camera’s eyes! One photo sequence entitled “Shall I try it? features a white-throated sparrow contemplating a flight from a snowy deck—and then actually lifting off into the air. It is almost suspended for a moment, then lands on an adjacent perch near to its next “dinner.” “Finches with Attitude” another sequence, features bright coral house finches who, curious about Carol’s camera, watch her intently with “haughty demeanor.”

The “snowbirds” or “Dark-eyed juncos” for which the show is named, herald the beginning of winter. They are the earliest of our small visitors, regularly arriving at dawn to break the silence of long winter nights. “They are survivors,” says Carol, and quite inventive about getting their food. They “dive” into snowy drifts, tumble about in groups and find nourishment even when their “breakfast” becomes submerged.

“I was fortunate (and sometimes amazed) I was able to get so close to these birds,” remarks Carol. ”The best opportunities to watch them are really during the stormiest days of the year. When birds find it most difficult to find their own food in the snow, they are most grateful of the seeds and other treats we give them and lose much of their shyness. And I love the way the camera captures images and positions we never see in real life because the birds are moving so fast. And most of the photos taken over the past two years show the birds becoming more and more and more accustomed to a human presence.”

Still more winter exhibit photos include several local historical houses in Farmington such as the Samuel Cowles and Lewis-Deming House and the Village Store on the snowiest days of the season. Carol has exhibited photos frequently in the Farmington Valley over the past three years Her exhibits have included Hartford and St Francis Hospitals, Elizabeth Park’s Pond House Gallery, UConn Medical Center, and most recently, the Stanley Whitman House. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and several other arts and nature organizations. She lectures often at civic organizations and teaches a beginner’s course entitled “The Art of Photography” at Farmington Continuing Education.

The Farmington Library is located at 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT . Please call for hours and directions, 860-673-6791. More samples of the exhibit and Carol’s photos can be seen on her website,

Friday, October 15, 2010

October Community Room Display

Our artspace features a juried show of the students of art teacher, Phyllis R. Bailey (Abbe)

The students of the Farmington River School of Art, Plainville's premier school of art for adults will display their artworks through October during Library hours.

There was a juried reception on October 9, juried by Jim Brunelle and awards were provided by Jerry's Artarama, Holbein Art Materials, and "Always Bloomin' Florist." The awards were given as follows: Jerry's Artarama: Barbara Scott, first place; Beverly Hollis, second place; Zofia Soto, third place. Holdbein: watercolors, Kim Pignone; water-soluble oils, Georgette Allard; fluid acrylics, Juna Machuga. Best in Show: Edward Bassett, Diana Smith Award: Agnes Wong.

Their teacher, Phyllis R. Bailey (Abbe), will be exhibiting through November with her reception on November 13, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October Photography Exhibit

Momentum: Images of Dance — the seventh annual Sanford L. Rosenberg Memorial Dance Photography Competition.

We are delighted to share the results of the 2010 competition. Judges selected images that celebrate the beauty, grace, diversity and athleticism of dance. We appreciate the talent of our participants.

This exhibit will be shown in our first floor hallway art space.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

July- Grier Torrence, Art Director at Miss Porter's School

Grier Torrence will be exhibiting his work in the Community room in July. He is the Art Director at Miss Porter's School in Farmington.

Artist Statement:
By the River, Skye Meadow, and Paths and Trees are among the works that are based on places in Farmington. A process of kairos occurs by grace or mystery and the moment leads often to drawings, reflection, and studies. A large painting becomes a center for meditation on the present as informed by the studies. A process of parataxis evolves as the painting acquires its own identity.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Helen Galick - Community Room

Helen Galick is a native of Connecticut. She was born in Woodbury where the idyllic, rural landscape and the company of many artists provided her first inspiration and subject material. She now lives in Simsbury, where she paints and teaches in her home studio.

Helen received her BS and MA from CCSC including graduate work at Columbia and UCONN. She furthered her training in watercolor and oil painting through workshops and private study.

Helen taught art in the Canton Schools for many years. She is a member of the West Hartford Art League. Avon Arts, Connecticut Women Artists and The Connecticut Watercolor Society.

Helen Galick’s work ranges from realistic architectural renderings to soft tonal landscapes. The natural beauty of rural Connecticut provides her most consistent source of subject matter. Using a wide range of methods and mediums allows her to explore many paintings styles which she finds an appealing challenge.

Her paintings are exhibited in juried shows throughout New England.

Her works are part of permanent collections of:

Several Private Collections

Bank of Boston
Genealogical Library
Avon Old Farms Hotel

Farmington Inn
Suffield Health Group
1820 House
Avon Medical Group
Governors House Simsbury
Public Library
Public and Genealogical and Historical Libraries

Thursday, April 1, 2010


This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the CPA Prison Arts Program's Annual Show held at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. The Annual Show runs from May 6-28, with a reception on Thursday evening May 6th.

cpa Prison arts program permanent collection.

The Prison Arts Program was initiated in 1978. The Program works within the Connecticut Department of Correction – with inmates, staff, administration, volunteers and contractors – to make a constructive and positive difference in our community. This difference is visible and tangible. Most often, this difference – a change in direction, attitude, possibility, understanding and environment – is witnessed within the world of the prison itself. With the exhibitions and publications produced by the Prison Arts Program during the year, this constructive and positive difference is, in some way, visible to the public. In 1994, the Program established a Permanent Collection of exceptional artworks chosen from each year’s Annual Show. This collection is comprised of works that represent a wide spectrum of inmate’s artistic endeavors, with a specific focus on those created in the rigorous and demanding workshops organized by the Prison Arts Program.

Community Partners in Action is a nonprofit agency created in 1875, which builds community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system.

This exhibition is made possible through support from:

Auerbach Schiro Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Bodenwein Foundation, Concerned Citizens for Humanity, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Connecticut Department of Correction, Ensworth Charitable Trust, Fisher Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Charles Nelson Robinson Foundation, and many individuals and collaborating organizations.

Thanks to the Chris Durante Framing Studio in Danbury, CT for their assistance with the permanent collection.

CPA Prison Arts Program 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Suite 3010, Hartford, CT 06106

860 722-9450

Jeffrey Greene, Program Manager

Thursday, January 7, 2010

February Art Exhibit features work by Judy Lyons Gomby

Since I have been sketching and painting as far back as I can remember, it seemed only natural to major in art in college. After a brief career as an assistant art director for an advertising agency in New York City, I moved to West Hartford in 1984. There my husband and I have raised a family of 3 wonderful and talented children. While they were in school, I taught the art program at the Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, located in Bloomfield. I have always been fascinated with color and the effect it has on people’s emotions. I found this to lead me on a pursuit to connect the visually abstract and my present emotional reality with the current tumultuous times in which we live. This has enabled me to create a fusion of color, shape, and design. My fascination with the effects of color on visual realities aids in igniting my imagination and my actual paintings. I hope to inspire the viewer with the same sense of excitement and urgency I feel as I create these images.

Rug Hooking Handi-Craft Showcased in Lobby

Talented rug hookers of Farmington have created a delightful and whimsical display for all to enjoy.