News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Middletown High School Mural Project
in the Lobby

Beginning in 2009, senior class art students have embarked each year on a long term group project: producing a mural for the new school’s corridors that would serve as a legacy to their graduating class. The Class of 2016 mural will be shown in the library’s main lobby through the end of August, when it will be installed permanently at MHS. Also on view will be the recently completed Class of 2014 mural. Both were completed under the guidance of art teacher Patrick Shugrue.

The Art Guild of Middletown (with Russell Writers)
November & December

Members of the Art Guild of Middletown and Russell Library's Writers, Readers and Veterans Groups are collaborating to create a special exhibit at the library. Writers in the library’s groups will display prose, poetry and quotes inspired by the artwork of members of the Guild in a combined exhibit November 6-29.  The opening reception on November 6 from 2-4 p.m. in the Library's Hubbard Room will celebrate the expressive achievements of the artists and writers, and the work will be available for viewing--and reading--during the Library's regular opening hours.

Wesleyan Potters Exhibit
November - The Lobby Case

Members of the non-profit cooperative guild, located in Middletown and founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skills in crafts, will show pottery, weaving, jewelry and baskets in preparation for their annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale.

Photography by Artemis T. W.

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Artemis T.W. is a young Photographer, Artist, Circus Performer and Actress. Born and raised in Middletown Connecticut, Artemis has been homeschooled by her parents, Actress and Director Marcella Trowbridge, and Director and Circus Performer Dic Wheeler, who run a theatre company called ARTFARM. As she has been raised in an artistic family, Artemis has grown to love and appreciate art. Artemis is involved in theatre and circus at Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM, and theatre at Epoch Arts. She has studied art with Jennifer Shafer-Wood, Jacquie Peterson, & Rusa D’Alessandro, sculpture at Wesleyan Potters, and is currently a private art student of Kate Ten Eyck. She is a mostly self-taught photographer. This exhibit reflects glimpses of culture and natural beauty from her recent travels in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

A Milford Nutcracker Collection
December 2 – December 30, 2016

The lobby display case will have a collection of hand-painted, limited edition, American-made nutcrackers produced by (Designs by Milford) in Raymore, Missouri for a period of about 15 years.  The company was owned by a husband and wife team Walter and Susan Milford and produced only about 1500 nutcrackers per year. The nutcrackers were turned on the lathe by Walter using hard maple and hand-painted by Susan with expressive features and lavish costumes.