Starting in January 2017, local artists have adorned the shelves in a continuing, monthly exhibit of art at the back of the Stockbridge Branch at the Capital Area District Library. A local carpenter, with funds and guidance from members of the Friends of the Stockbridge Library, built the shelves upon which the art is displayed. Volunteers from the Friends help organize the changing galleries.
Though the works displayed have varied from beautifully painted gourds by Julie Glair to small sculptures by Mike Jones, most of the artistic creations have been two dimensional paintings, photos and drawings. Artists have ranged from high schooler Shuyler Clark to nonagenarian Dorene White.
June’s featured artist was Mary Chillison and her acrylic paintings. July ushered in Shuyler Clark’s paintings and drawings. Dorothy Craft’s paintings brightened August, and the library hosted Pam Gower’s mix-media art in September. Bethany Stone’s acrylic paintings will be on display throughout October.
“The art displays not only beautify the space in the library but also give a creative outlet to local artists, whether they plan to sell their work or not,” said Jo Mayer, secretary of the Friends and organizer of the displays. “We continue to be amazed at the diverse talents of our community and are proud to be able to help showcase their work.”