Holiday Art Show: Avon Arts Association

The Avon Arts Association presents a Members’ Holiday Art Show from December 2 through December 29.  Members’ art work will be featured in the library’s Gallery space.  An artists’ wine and music reception open to the public will be held on Saturday, December 3, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. There will be light refreshments and music, which will feature the pianist John Brighenti.

Avon Arts Association provides annual college scholarships to Farmington Valley graduating high school students who were selected for their exceptional artistic talents. The Avon Arts Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization that promotes visual art in the Avon area by holding art exhibits, monthly (September through June) demonstrations and workshops.  For more information or to become a member, please visit www.avonarts.org or email avonartsassociation@gmail.com.

October Art Exhibit: Aadarsh Gopalakrishna

October Art Exhibit:  Nature, Wildlife & Landscape Photography – AADARSH GOPALAKRISHNA

Now on display in our Gallery through October 31, 2022
  

Artist Statement:  As a child, photographs always mesmerized me in many ways and I always wondered how photographers were able to do such a wonderful job in bringing life into a still picture and tell a story with it. I grew up in India in a family of health care professionals and most of the people I knew growing up were in business but I always had interests in wildlife/nature photography. Once I moved to the US, I actually had a chance to pursue my interests in photography as an amateur photographer. I have been taking photographs of wildlife and nature as my main subjects along with architecture and landscape photography. My special interests are around birds. It is very interesting that I learn a lot about wildlife each day as I photograph them. Photographing wildlife has built my patience and my perception to nature drastically. Photography has given me the motivation to travel and to meet people with similar interests. I became a part of the Simsbury Camera Club, Simsbury, CT where I’ve learned a lot from mentors and peers in the club. I try to take my camera with me where ever I travel because you never know what you will run into. It is always nice to appreciate what we have around us and find a good way to freeze the moment when possible. Photography brings freedom to express myself. I am currently a faculty at UCONN School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT and I would like to think that I try to make every effort to balance work / life and make time for photography. I have a very supporting spouse, Pooja and daughter, Anika who have fueled my passion and respect it.

  

Artist Reception:  Saturday, October 8th, 2:30pm – 4:45pm in our Gallery

Artist Reception: Aadarsh Gopalakrishna

Nature, Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Aadarsh Gopalakrishna

Photo Gallery Exhibit Reception

Saturday, October 8, 2:30pm – 4:45pm

Please join us for the a late afternoon reception – all are welcome to stop by!

September Art Exhibit: Don Bonner

September Art Exhibit – DON BONNER

Now on display in our Gallery through September 30, 2022

American artist Don Bonner grew up inspired by the picturesque surroundings of his hometown in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  He lives in Avon, Connecticut near where his family roots go back to early settlements.  He attended the Paier School of Art outside New Haven.  Don continued with a career in commercial design, creating materials for many Fortune 500 companies.  He went on to start and run his own business for 25 years, Bonner & Company Creative Communications. Don has continued to create imagery as a painter.  He is passionate about telling a story on canvas, and creating it with color, lighting, and emotion.  Don’s studio is in Avon, Connecticut.

Artist Reception:  Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in our Gallery

Summer Gallery Exhibit: Art on a Card

Summer Gallery Exhibit:  Art on a Card

Now on display in our Gallery through August 30, 2022

At the beginning of 2022, the Avon Library held an art contest to design new library cards.  Avon residents were invited to submit their designs in one of four age groups:  Elementary, Middle School, High School and Adult.  Our Summer Gallery Exhibit features all of the creative and colorful submissions from the contest!

Congratulations to our winners:

Aishwarya Balaji

Sara Curran

Shadan Gadkarim

Lidia Kapylova

Dagny Tang

Shriya Vinodh

June Art Exhibit: Breaking Political Boundaries by Sarah Schneiderman

BREAKING POLITICAL BOUNDARIES – Art assemblages by Sarah Schneiderman

Now on display in our Gallery through June 30, 2022
    
Our June exhibit features assemblages by artist Sarah Schneiderman.  Each piece has been crafted by transforming non-recyclable trash and repurposed objects into realistic and finely crafted images.  Her work investigates social, environmental and political issues.  This exhibit features portraits of women, people of color, lesbians, gay mean, and trans people who have made great strides in politics and state and federal government in 2020/21.
Sarah Schneiderman has shown her work across the United States.  She received a national Junior Scholastic Honorable Mention, First Place from the Art League of New Britain, Third Award from Connecticut Women Arts, and Gallery Sponsor Award from Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.  Sarah has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.  She resides in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean and Glastonbury, Connecticut.  Learn more about her work at https://www.sarahschneiderman.com/.

Gallery Exhibit: Farmington River Quilt Project

The Farmington River Quilt Project

Now on display in our Gallery through October 30, 2021

When CT quilter MaryPat Leger saw the Sacramento River Quilt, she envisioned a similar work that would celebrate the Farmington River. Her inspiration brought together 24 quilt artists to create the The Farmington River Quilt Project. The quilt portrays 25 locations on the Wild & Scenic section from the Goodwin Dam in Colebrook to the Rainbow City Pool in Canton. The 50 foot long quilt is comprised of 25 sections, each measuring 24″ by 21″. Each quilter worked independently using their own creative expression to depict a specific location.

Be sure to stop in and see this amazing quilt in person! You can learn more about it @ http://farmingtonriverquilt.org/

The Gallery is open during our Open Browsing Hours.

July ART Exhibit: Mike Berlinski

July Exhibit – Original art work by Mike Berlinski

Now on display in our Gallery during the month of July 2021

 
Our July exhibit features the work of Connecticut artist Mike Berlinski.  Mike began drawing and painting at the age of seven; he is basically self-taught and works primarily in oil paints.  Most of his paintings are done primarily outdoors in the style of Plein-air, or open air.  Mike exhibits his work throughout the state, and also teaches oil painting classes.  Learn more about his work at https://mikeberlinskiart.siterubix.com/.