News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Sacred Circles:  Mandalas for the Soul by Rose Amodeo Petronella
Throughout February and March

Mandalas are circle designs found in spiritual traditions around the world.  They represent health and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. The mandalas in this exhibit began as a spiritual healing exercise during a difficult time of life and evolved into a form of prayer, which continues years later. 
Rose Amodeo Petronella is a spiritual director, retreat leader and retired minister in the United Church of Christ.  She recently published Honoring the Soul:  Mandalas for Inspiration and Insight.  She grew up in Rocky Hill, CT, and now lives in Middletown.

Never Done: a collection of domestic handicrafts
Lobby Case, throughout March

As part of a series of events that celebrate Women’s History Month, we are exhibiting samples of domestic handicrafts traditionally produced by women. From embroidery to crochet, needlepoint to knitting, basketry and quilting, such work was undervalued in western culture until feminist movement of the 1970’s. Gleaned from the staff of the Russell Library, these pieces were created by female relatives (mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts) of staff members, and several artistic members of the female staff.


World War I Poster Exhibits
April 5-29, throughout the library

. In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, Russell Library presents a collection of original posters from the library’s collection.
Food Will Win the War brings together a variety of food conservation posters from the library’s collection featuring images that persuaded, informed, and inspired Americans to eat less, garden more, and preserve the bounty from their gardens to help win the war.

The Knowledge Wins exhibition represents a small collection of library posters promoting the work of the Library War Service.  Also on display are several hand-made posters created for the Russell Library.

Aries the Ram
In the lobby case throughout April

Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac. Aries was also the astrological sign in place when this exhibitor – a collector of rams -- was born. This is one part of a larger collection.