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.

Antique Valentine’s Day Cards
Lobby Case, throughout February

Dated from the early twentieth century through the 1990’s, this Valentine’s Day Card Collection includes some of the most iconic images of this celebration day.

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.