Beautiful one-of-a-kind, handcrafted art dolls by Susan Doyle Tolis will be on display in the lobby case. Using polymer clay, fabric, feathers, handmade papers, wire, beads and findings from the forest, the dolls measure approximately 7 to 12 inches tall. Each doll has a definitive character name and story to accompany them.
Ms. Tolis grew up in Middletown and attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Puppetry and a Master of Arts in Costume Design. She worked as a designer and builder for various companies before returning to work at UConn as the Costume Shop Manager.
. Shakespeare in the Grove has been produced by ARTFARM since 2006. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary, posters from each of the productions will be exhibited on the first floor gallery.
ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown. It was created and is being led by long-time local artistic leaders Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge. Throughout the year, ARTFARM offers touring shows, teaching residencies in local schools and arts centers, and a circus arts training program. Every summer, ARTFARM's professional Shakespeare Ensemble brings its signature physical style to a beautiful cedar grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley on the campus of Middlesex Community College.
An exhibit of black and white photographs featuring African Americans service in the military during World War II will be on display on the second floor of the library. The photos are part of a collection featured in the book by the same name by William H. Foster III, who will be reading from his book February 25 in the Hubbard Room.