Since 2011, the Hunt Library ArtWall has showcased local professional and emerging artists living in the Northwest Connecticut community and throughout the Tri-state area, from Boston to New York City.

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JULY 24 through SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

Our first large group exhibition in over a year, BOOK MARKS, is open. It features the outdoor installation THE YELLOW BOOK TREE and an exhibition of art celebrating our friendships with books on the indoor ArtWall.

BOOK MARKS was inspired by bookseller and exhibition organizer Garth Kobal’s acknowledgment during the pandemic that, “books have been our most steadfast companions since childhood.”  The show’s title is taken from Barbara Page’s recently published art memoir  BOOK MARKS: An Artist’s Card Catalog featuring 430 richly illustrated artworks on library checkout slips, one for each book she had read.

The exhibition includes work by twenty-three artists in painting, sculptural work, installation, and mobiles that demonstrate our physical intimacy with books and their ability to transport us to places real and imaginary, to comfort or challenge.  Erika Crofut’s towering Story Forest fills the airy space in the children’s library, while Zoe and Sergei Fedorjaczenko’s outdoor installation, The Yellow Book Tree, makes literal the concept of books growing as fruit on trees.  Amanda Thackray’s luminous Glass Books, Robert Cronin’s paintings Natural Light and Summer Tutoress, and Danielle Mailer’s book-shaped Message 2021, represent books as surreal engines of illumination and gnosis.  Emily Rutgers Fuller honors literary creators with her portraits of Emily Dickinson and Charlotte Bronte.  Sue Berg repurposes stuff with books and little libraries, and there are books and page layouts by Robert Andrew Parker and Michael Gellatly, two prominent American illustrators.  And Voices of South Africa by Tilly Strauss, utilizes her trademark technique of repurposing a book as the foundation for an experiential sketchbook.

Other artists participating in BOOK MARKS include Lori Barker, Megan Berk, Lena Curtis, Richard Griggs, Ani Jenkins, Garth Kobal, KK Kozik, Patty Mullins, Peter Steiner, and Judith Wyer.

Signed copies of Barbara Page’s BOOK MARKS is available for purchase at the library.

WORKS ON EXHIBIT

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KATIE ATKINSON – ROWBOAT READER
2021, acrlyic & gouache on paper, 18 x 15.5, $450

LORI BARKER – RUSTED PATHWAYS
2021, mixed media, 6 x 5.5, $85 – SOLD

LORI BARKER – SPIRITS IN NATURE
2021, collage & twigs, 9.5 x 12, $75 – SOLD

SUE BERG – MINI FREE LIBRARY
2021, reclaimed materials, 22h x 11w x 12d, $400

SUE BERG – PIGEON HOLE
2020, reclaimed material, 11h x 5w x 5d, $125

MEGAN BERK – THE ACTRESS AT HOME
2018, acrylic, 26.5 x 23, $1500

MEGAN BERK – THE CAPTAIN
2021, acrylic, 26.5 x 23, $1500

MEGAN BERK – THE WORM
2021, acrylic, 26.5 x 23, $1500

MEGAN BERK – TEMPORARY GUARDIAN
2018, acrylic, 15 x 16, $800

ERIC CARLE – J IS FOR JAGUAR
1980, collage, 7.5 x 11, NFS
on loan from the private collection CB and Kathy Wismar

ERIKA CROFUT – STORY FOREST – INSTALLATION AND DETAILS
2021, reclaimed materials
the 8 major elements of birds and nest are $120 ea
the full installation is valued at $800

ROBERT CRONIN – TOYLAND
2004, oil on canvas, 40 x 44, $7000

ROBERT CRONIN – NATURAL LIGHT
2008, oil on canvas, 16 x 20, $2250

ROBERT CRONIN – SUMMER TUTORESS
2008, oil on canvas, 16 x 20, $3500

LENA CURTIS – MY FAVORITE CHURCH IS THE LIBRARY
2021, mixed media, 14h x 12w x 5d, $250

SERGEI FEDORJACZENKO – STACK OF BOOKS
2021, watercolor, 20 x 16, $250 – SOLD

EMILY RUTGERS FULLER – PLAIN EMILY DICKINSON
2021, oil on masonite, 10 x 8, $200 – SOLD

EMILY RUTGERS FULLER – WOMAN IN A FASHIONABLE HAT
2021, oil on masonite, 8 x 10, $200

MICHAEL GELLATLY – MEAT SEAT, pg. 4 & 5
2021, archival print, 12.5 x 20, $200

MICHAEL GELLATLY – MEAT SEAT, pg. 10 & 11
2021, archival print, 12.5 x 20, $200

ANI JENKINS – CHRONICLES SYLVAN
2021, wood, 37 x 8, $600 – SOLD

GARTH KOBAL – 20TH CENTURY DRIVE-BY
2012, book and buckshot, 12 x 9 x 2, $200 – SOLD

KK KOZIK – S-CURVY
2019, oil on linen, 29 x 33, $4500 – SOLD

DANIELLE MAILER – MESSAGE 2021
2019, acrylic on Diebond, 9 x 17, $750 – SOLD

PATTY MULLINS – BAEDECKERS #1
2021, oil and mixed media collage, 7 x 11, $300

PATTY MULLINS – BAEDECKERS #2
2021, oil and mixed media collage, 7 x 11, $300

PATTY MULLINS – BAEDECKERS #3
2021, oil and mixed media collage, 7 x 11, $300

KEN MUSSELMAN – HELLUO LIBRORUM
2021, acrylic, 12 x 12, $500 – SOLD

BARBARA PAGE – BOOK MARKS ARRAY
2021, facsimile reproductions, 20 x 24, $200

BARBARA PAGE – BOOK MARKS 1ST EDITION
2021, signed 1st ed – 224 pages, 8 x 12, $30

EXAMPLES OF INDIVIDUAL BOOK MARKS FROM 1ST EDITION:

BARBARA PAGE – BRIDGE
2006, altered book – Engineers of Dreams by Henry Petoski, $300

ROBERT ANDREW PARKER – PRINTS FROM “A YIDDISH LEXICON”
2013, 36 hand-colored prints, 11.5 x 8.5 ea, $50 per print
see them all at the library

ROBERT ANDREW PARKER – A TO Z
2007, 26 hand-colored prints in silk box, 10.5 x 8, edition 6 of 20, $500
see them all at the library

ROBERT ANDREW PARKER – AMAZONS TO ZAPATA
2009, 26 hand-colored prints in silk box, 10.5 x 8, edition 18 of 26, $500
see them all at the library

SUE PAKULA – JOY OF ART
2021, acrylic, 16 x 20, $150 – SOLD

PETER STEINER – IN THE GARDEN
2018, oil on canvas, 30 x 24, $1000

PETER STEINER – READING
2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 24, $1000 – SOLD

TILLY STRAUSS – CORNWALL BRIDGE
2014, archival print from the sketchbook, ‘Does God Make a Difference’, 11 x 15, $50

TILLY STRAUSS – VOICES OF SOUTH AFRICA, SKETCHBOOK
2016, mixed media – refurbished book, 9 x 6, NFS

AMANDA THACKRAY – GLASS BOOKS
2014, glass, 6 x 9 or smaller
Three pieces available: Red $1000 / Green $850 / Blue $850

JUDITH WYER – ART BOOK 1
oil on linen, 15 x 9 , $300

JUDITH WYER – ART BOOK 3
oil on linen, 23 x 18, $600