Art Exhibits

The Lucy Robbins Welles art exhibit program allows local artists the opportunity to share their art with the public in the Community Room of the library.  The Exhibit Coordinator, in consultation with the Library Director, is authorized to select exhibits.  Exhibits may be viewed during normal business hours, when the Community Room is not in use.

Exhibit Policy (PDF)


Art Exhibit for September – Lauren Vaneese - Multi-Media

Throughout the month of September, Lauren Gawlicki will be displaying her artwork in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. In addition to the display, she will be hosting an Artist's Reception on Wednesday evening, September 4, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Lauren, currently based in Avon, CT and raised in Farmington, has wanted to be an artist since childhood. Throughout high school, she focused heavily on the arts, and went on to study Fine Arts at Tunxis Community College, the University of Hartford, and CCSU, from which she graduated in 2015. In juried shows at Tunxis and University of Hartford, Lauren won the Juror's Choice Awards.

He education enabled her to explore many different approaches to making art. She studied and gained some proficiency in watercolor an oil painting, printmaking, illustration, mixed media, and sculpture. She is currently working with different illustration mediums such as ink, graphite, and printmaking. Her work consists primarily of realistic renderings, though she also likes to explore with paint and pigments to create abstract designs as well. Her work reflects her love of pattern, repetition, form , and contrast. She often takes inspiration from objects and patterns she sees walking around antique stores and while walking her dogs. She hopes you enjoy the display of her work and she is available for commission work upon request.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a scheduled program: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Viewers are invited to call the library prior to visiting to ensure that the Community Room is available for viewing: 860.665.8700. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Art Exhibit for October – Newington Art League - Multi-Media

Throughout the month of October, the Newington Art League members will be exhibit their multi-media artwork in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. In addition, the group will host a public reception on Saturday, October 5, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

The league members paint many different subjects in many styles and media. Says President Pat Tanger, "There is art in this show for everyone to enjoy." The Art League endeavors to enrich the lives of the Newington community and to encourage all to discover their creativity through art.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a program: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Viewers are encouraged to call prior to coming to view the exhibit, to ensure that the room is available for viewing. Admission is free and open to the public. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT. 860.665.8700

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Art Exhibit for November - Karen Israel - Multi-Media

Throughout the month of November, award-winning pastel artist Karen Israel will be exhibiting her multi-media artworks at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Dynamic composition and a unique viewpoint are the hallmarks of her pastel paintings. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and lets those elements dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices.

Recently, Karen's work was featured in a two page article in a French art magazine, Practique Des Artes Vol. 47, July 2018; and Pastel Journal, April 2018. In addition, Karen has been invited to participate in the 4th International Pastel Exhibition honoring female pastelists called "Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais" in Montlucon, France, where here work will also be on display in May 2020.

Over the years, Karen's work has won many awards, most recently the Gold Medal of Honor with the Audubon Artists Association and Best in Show with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She has achieved the titles of Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and The International Association of Pastel Societies, and is a Signature Member and past President of the CT Pastel Society.

Karen enjoys teaching pastel almost as much as she enjoys painting and has had the honor of jurying local and national exhibits. She has conducted many teaching demonstrations for art organizations throughout the Northeast US, including Newington.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a program: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Viewers are encouraged to call prior to coming to view the exhibit, to ensure that the room is available for viewing. Admission is free and open to the public. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT. 860.665.8700

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