News (Art)


June 14, 2016

The Artist-in-Residence is a one-year program designed to enhance the Library’s existing connection with the arts and to invite patrons of all ages to explore the arts in various ways. In addition to developing innovative programming. Westport illustrator and graphic artist Miggs Burroughs will spend the year working with Library staff and community members, local artists and arts organizations to increase our engagement with and understanding of the arts.

Link to more Artist-in-Residence programs.

Westport illustrator and graphic artist Miggs Burroughs will be the new Artist-in-Residence, and among the programming plans are an oral history project, visiting artists working in pop-up studios in the Library, a monthly art challenge with an announced theme where creations by the community will be displayed, artist get-togethers to discuss issues and problems in making art, and workshops for kids, teens and adults.

Burroughs’ first official duty was to serve as judge for the Library’s 4th annual Teen Photography Contest. The winners’ work was exhibited in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 15-August 31. The first art challenge will be an “Artist’s Selfie,” which can be drawn or painted on a 6x6" canvas (available in the Library store) and submitted at the Artist-in-Residence booth at the Arts Festival or at the Library until August 8.

Art, Community

Exhibit: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Matt Davies

September 7, 2012

"How does one make a cartoon out of someone who already appears cartoonish?"

Matt DaviesPolitical cartoonists get plenty of fodder from election campaigns, but Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies sees the 2012 presidential election season as a challenge.

“Election years are both a blessing and a curse for the political cartoonist,” says Wilton resident Davies, whose cartoons are on display on the lower-level Riverwalk Display Case through November 8. “While it’s a time of great popular interest in the subject, it’s also a vacuous time, when politicians make buffoons of themselves. How does one make a cartoon out of someone who already appears cartoonish?”

Entitled “Cartoonist Matt Davies Draws ELECTION 2012,” the exhibit showcases his original cartoons, including the most current piece syndicated nationally each week by Tribune Media Services andTools Rush In The Hearst Newspaper Group in Connecticut. Also included are 2012 election cartoons by three of his conservative cartoonist colleagues, Lisa Benson of Apple Valley, CA (syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group); Mike Lester of Rome, GA, (syndicated by Washington Post News Media Service); and Scott Stantis, of The Chicago Tribune.

On Sunday, October 21, at 2:00 pm in the Library’s McManus Room, Davies and Stantis, who will be Skyped in via the Internet, will discuss the art of political cartooning and the challenges of covering the 2012 election.

Davies was born in London in 1966 and immigrated with his family to the U.S. and Westport in 1983. Two years later he graduated from Staples High School and then studied at both the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and The School of the Visual Arts in New York City.

Now a Wilton resident, Davies began drawing editorial cartoons full-time for The Journal News in Westchester County in 1993 and, in 2009, started drawing for Hearst. In 2011, he began drawing for and, in 2012, agreed to create original cartoons for Newsday. His cartoons have appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. His work has also been featured in Newsweek, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, and Mad Magazine. In spring 2013, his first children’s book, Ben Rides On, which he both wrote and illustrated, will be published by MacMillan.

In 2001, Davies was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a collection of his work highlighting such subjects as police brutality, racism, and school overcrowding. In 2004, he received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons and was also awarded the inaugural Herblock Prize that same year. He is a five-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists (New York Chapter) Deadline Club Award–including the 2001 prize for his work confronting a post 9/11 New York–and has been honored for his local cartoons with five first place awards in the New York Associated Press Editorial Cartooning Competition. In 2011, he was again a Pulitzer finalist.

Davies photo credit: Laura Ackermann

Art, Politics

Photography by MaryEllen Hendricks: Opening Reception July 13

July 2, 2012

peonyAfter graduating with a BFA in photography from Pratt Institute some three decades ago, MaryEllen Hendricks focused on night photography for years, “light-painting” her subjects with tools like a high-intensity flashlight. Then, ten years ago, she found herself drawn to the mysterious, still quality of the work of late 19th & early 20th century photographers, the product of both the materials then available and the long exposures used to record the images. To capture some of the qualities in the work of photographers she admired, like Carleton Watkins, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Karl Blossfeldt, she attached a barrel lens from the late 1800s to her 4x5 view camera, and with that as well as her exploration of 19th century printing techniques, her photography changed dramatically.

MaryEllen Hendricks MaryEllen Hendricks close up Chris Timmons and MaryEllen Hendricks

Recently Hendricks began exploring portraiture and landscapes, again using large-format cameras and antique lenses. Continually finding inspiration in early photography, she started printing these images with platinum and gum bichromate vintage processes, giving a timeless feel to contemporary subjects.

Last winter she also added plastic “toy” cameras to her toolkit, which are more portable than the view cameras she typically uses. She reports enjoying the unpredictable nature of these cameras, not really knowing what the final image will look like, and she delights in the freedom—and fun—they give her that she finds larger cameras cannot. She plans to continue seeking magic in everyday life through photography, wherever that may lead.

A show of Hendricks’ recent work, entitled “Past Exposures,” is on exhibit in Westport Library’s Great Hall, until Wednesday, September 26. 


Art, Exhibits

Art Exhibit: "Abstractions"

May 3, 2012

Abstratctions exhibit

Enjoy a new art exhibit in The Great Hall. Artist and architect Valerie Feinberg Schweitzer explores “the space beyond” within her canvases, and the effort to break free from self-imposed limitations. The exhibit will be on display through June.

Art, Exhibits

Walter the Sculpture

October 21, 2011


WalterThe large scrap-iron sculpture next to the front entrance of the Library was created by internationally known Weston artist Carole Eisner, who has loaned the creation to the Library. Dubbed “Walter” Walter 2after a man who helped Eisner gather raw materials, the creation was on display in front of the Lincoln Center in New York as part of an exhibit of Eisner’s sculptures on Broadway.

Walter was installed by a local arborist and his son using a fork-lift, similar to the wayWalter 2 it was stationed in the middle of Broadway along with eight other creations that were part of Carole Eisner on Broadway, organized by the contemporary art gallery Susan Eley Fine Art and the Broadway Mall Association.