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Featured Artist Program



During the month of September, the Whittemore Library will be featuring the oil paintings of Newtown (CT) resident, Roberta Shea.  Mrs. Shea paints landscapes in the abstract so “her paintings and prints are not always identifiable as any exact place or specific point in time.”  This artist invites the viewer to become a part of her creative process through her use of paint and the unfinished quality to her work.  Mrs. Shea’s paintings suggest the influence of other artists, specifically those who use contrasting colors and brushstrokes as means of expression.

Mrs. Shea received her degree in Art education from Southern CT State University, and after a successful career as an educator, she transitioned to marketing research while she raised her children.  Eventually, she resumed painting full -time.

Mrs. Shea currently holds a number of professional affiliations and she is both an active member and docent at the New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art.  Additionally, she continues to study monotype printmaking with master printmaker, Anthony Kirk, as well as oil painting with Impressionist/Expressionist painters Ira Barkoff and Souby Bioski and contemporary painter, Eric Aho.  An award-winning artist, Mrs. Shea has conducted monotype workshops, and her work can be found in private collections across the United States.


Spring Quarantine by Roberta Shea


Coming Up Next Month…

In October, the Whittemore Library will be featuring the work of our own patron, Gail Streigle. She will be displaying some of her fantastical gourd creations and pumpkins as well as her watercolor and acrylic paintings.














Artwork by Gail Streigle

More About Our Featured Artist Program

The purpose of the Whittemore Library Exhibit Program is to provide creative persons with the opportunity to share their talents with the public and to share their talents with the public and to contribute to the cultural and educational well-being of the community.

Exhibitors: Preference is given to Naugatuck residents. Groups are invited to display artwork on the condition that a representative of the group is selected to coordinate the exhibit with the Library Exhibit Coordinator. The library will feature classroom artworks from within the Naugatuck school system; however, the library will not feature of promote the artwork of an individual student. 

Exhibit Period: Art exhibits are scheduled in accordance with the library’s Calendar of Events and run for approximately one month.

Setting up the Exhibit: The Library Exhibit Coordinator is responsible for all artwork in the public display area. Each exhibit will be set up and taken down by the artist and/or the Library Exhibit Coordinator or a library staff representative at a mutually agreed upon time during regular library hours. All exhibits are scheduled through the office of the Exhibit Coordinator. Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Exhibit Coordinator to discuss exhibit opportunities. 

Insurance Forms: When the exhibit is set up, the artist will be required to complete and sign a loan form listing each piece by title/description, medium, and dollar value. Any piece of artwork that is valued at $500.00 or more must be accompanied by a formal written appraisal at the time of submission. The loan form will also be signed by the Library Exhibit Coordinator or a library staff representative, and it will be retained for insurance purposes. At the close of the exhibit, the artist will be asked to sign this form again indicating that all artwork was returned in its original condition.

Publicity: All public relations will be handled by the library’s Publicity Coordinator. Press releases are routinely sent to area newspapers and television and radio stations through the office of the Library Exhibit Coordinator. News releases are composed based on information supplied by the artist. 

Exhibit Sales: The library is a non-profit organization, and therefore cannot be involved in the sale of any exhibit item. No prices or price lists will be displayed during the exhibit, nor will library staff give an indication as to the value of an exhibit item. The exhibitor’s name and address and/or telephone number and email contact information will be made available to interested parties. Artists are welcome to provide business cards for take-away.

Please note: The exhibit wall measures 7’6” high and 20’ long. All art exhibits hang for approximately one month, in accordance with the Library’s Calendar of Events. For more information, please contact Karen Petersen, Library Exhibit Coordinator at hwladcirc@biblio.org.