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During the month of June, the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck, CT will be featuring the text and illustrations of newly-published book, Danny the Goat Does Not Like Pears by New Haven, CT resident, Emily Raymond. Ms. Raymond studied English at the University of Connecticut and wrote her book as part of a creative writing assignment. She then asked her mother, Gail Streigle, if she would consider doing the story’s illustrations, and Gail agreed. With a background in graphic design and illustration, it was a natural collaboration between Ms. Streigle and her daughter.

After she graduated from college, Ms. Raymond continued to write eventually having an essay published in Gina Barreca’s Fast Fierce Women after which she went on to study at Southern CT State University where she obtained a degree in Library and Information Science. She now works as a librarian.

Ms. Streigle studied at the New England School of Art in Boston, MA and at Paier School of Art in Hamden, CT. Patrons may already be familiar with Ms. Streigle’s three-dimensional artwork when each Fall she re-imagines pumpkins and gourds painting “fanciful wizards, dragons, and story-book characters” for the Whittemore Library’s Youth Services Department as well as literary figures for the Adult Department. She is an accomplished artist whose career began in the printing industry and gradually shifted to freelance artwork and private commissions.













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.