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.

Community Partners in Action Exhibit: Recent Artwork From Former Prisoners
September 16 – October 28

On the walls:
CPA’s Prison Arts Program is proud to continue to work with inmates upon their release and equally proud to note their continued artistic endeavors and accomplishments.  This year’s show features the work of artists who have been out of prison for over a decade as well as artists who were released just this summer.  Materials and media vary widely: including paint, pencil and welded steel…
The struggle is not over for an inmate upon their release, in fact, it often just begins. The transition from one physical place and mindset can be unpredictable and difficult to manage – for the inmate, their loved ones and for projects like the Prison Arts Program.  This exhibition, in some ways, annually illustrates this struggle. This exhibition continues a collaboration between the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program and Russell Library.

RECENT SCULPTURE / Created In Prison During the Past Year
Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program

In the Case in the Lobby:
A small exhibition of sculptures created in Connecticut prisons during the past year will be installed in and around the Russell Library’s glass display case on the first floor   In prison, scraps of anything can find their way into ingenious sculptural works…come see a few of the best made in the past year! 

The Art Guild of Middletown (with Russell Writers)

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

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.