Current and Upcoming Art Exhibits

Sheffer Room Exhibit: TERRAIN, Paintings & Drawings by Michael Brennecke

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 - Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

Explorations of physical, mental and experiential landscapes characterize the work by this lifelong Westport artist, who grew up here “when you couldn’t throw a stone without hitting an artist's studio.” After initially doing strictly figurative work, Michael Brennecke moved towards abstraction and now creates what he calls “controlled accidental compositions, with sometimes ambiguously discernible imagery.” 

Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 6-7:30 pm

Artist-to-Artist Talk with Miggs Burroughs:  Thursday, August 1, 6-7 pm, Sheffer Room

Location: Sheffer Room


South Gallery: TRANSFORMATION, The Workers: Photography by Richard Frank

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 - Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

Westport photographer Richard Frank documented the entire two-year renovation of the Library. While photographing the workers, he was impressed with their skills and pride in the quality of their work. This exhibit offers an ode to the craftsmen behind the new building. 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 10, 6-7pm

See more of his photos of the Transformation Project here.
WestportNow post on his prior Westport Library exhibit, "Always Looking."

Frank's career in photography was originally triggered by a chance, last-minute decision to take a photography class in his last semester of college. He went on to enroll in an MFA program at Ohio University, but his stay was cut short by the Draft. Even so, while at OU, he had learned the essence of the craft of photography, started establishing his point of view, and began identifying the American social landscape and portraiture as his preferred subjects. 

Location: South Gallery, Upper Entrance


Jesup Gallery: THE LOST NEGATIVES, Photography by Michael Friedman

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 - Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Mick Jagger, Madison Square Garden, November 1969

Janis Joplin, Madison Square Garden, December 1969

From 1966 through the early ‘80s, Westport native Michael Friedman worked as a publicist, music producer and manager for dozens of iconic musical artists of the day, including Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones. Also an avid photographer, Friedman took candid shots of the many musicians he traveled with, capturing the essence of this historic period in American folk, rock and pop music. But before printing the photos, he lost track of the negatives for nearly 50 years. Then in 2017, the negatives were discovered in his attic and, now printed, provide a glimpse back at this legendary era of music.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 6-7pm

"Rock & Roll Legends: The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman at the California Heritage Museum"
"The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman" Will be Special Exhibit at Canvas.Malibu, in Malibu, CA"

 Jesup Gallery

The Artist Is In! RESOURCING: A Tactile Fiber Tale by Sooo-z Mastropietro

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 - Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Working with fiber-tube remnants from previous projects, this Westporter Sooo-z Mastropietro is creating fiber sculpture that continues to grow, expand and morph into different configurations. She’ll be in residence and working in her Library “studio” for nearly three weeks and invites you to come say hello and take a look.

Locatiion: Small Conference Room

"Sooo-Z Mastropietro: Painting with Fabric Tubes"

 Small conference room