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Featured Artist Program

Our current exhibit features artist Peter Coffeen’s photographs of a variety of tulips that bloom in his Norfolk, CT yard. Many of the bulbs that he has planted are from Litchfield County’s renowned White Flower Farm.

Mr. Coffeen is “interested in discovering shapes and designs, both in nature and the built environment, which provoke mystery, affection, wonder and questions.”  With the eyes of an artist, he draws inspiration from the works of Giorgio Morandi, William Bailey, Charles Scheeler and Lilo Raymond.

Mr. Coffeen is a seasoned exhibitor whose shows are always enthusiastically received.  He has displayed not only his tulips but also his still lifes, as well as Secessionist photogravures from his personal collection.  Mr. Coffeen has won several awards for his work, and images from his collection of 19th and 20th century photography have been published in books on photo history.

View this exciting Springtime exhibit on the Whittemore Gallery wall located on the library’s main floor.

Future Exhibits

The July exhibit will feature nature photography by Karen Chase of Kent, CT.

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.