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Featured Artist Program

Beginning July 6, our exhibit features the nature photography of Kent (CT) resident, Karen Chase.  Ms. Chase is a photographer, writer, poet, and retired photojournalist whose photos and articles have appeared in a number of local and regional publications.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kent Art Association, and a selection of her photographs have been featured prominently in “Kent Trails: A Hiker’s Guide” and “Natural & Cultural Riches of Kent, CT” both put out by the Kent Conservation Commission.

This month’s exhibit on the library’s main floor includes one image (White Jonquil) that was part of a major photography exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France; additionally, Ms. Chase’s work has been included in exhibitions in both New York City and Miami, FL.  She is an award-winning photographer, and the staff of the Whittemore Library is pleased to have this opportunity to share her work with its patrons.  Her work often highlights the things one would see in one’s own backyard, and she has titled this exhibition “A Little Nature.”

White Jonquil, Kent by Karen Chase

Next Month’s Exhibit

The August exhibit on the Whittemore Gallery Wall will feature the oil paintings of Woodbury, CT resident Cynthia Gillette. She is a Connecticut native and a locally recognized artist who holds a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art from the University of Bridgeport.  She currently free-lances, designing logos, music folio instrumental covers and pamphlets, and she draws and paints house portraits on commission.  Additionally, she draws preliminary art for engraved ornaments and collectibles at Woodbury Pewter, and she has worked in set design/painting for local productions.

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.