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What’s On View? Current Art Exhibits

What’s On View? Current Art Exhibits

The Bethel Public Library welcomes everyone to come in and enjoy the art and collectibles of several exhibitors, on view right now!

On the first floor…

In the Main Room of the Library, viewers will enjoy Barbara Courtian’s finely rendered watercolor still lifes and scenes of city and small-town neighborhoods in New York and Connecticut.

Visitors to the Community Room will appreciate “Zen and the Art of Seeing,” an exhibition of student work curated by Elisabeth J Levy, instructor of the Library’s recent photography workshops. The workshops were supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

In the first-floor display case, see the amazing artwork for “The Adventures of the Ugly Shoes” by FaDana Mudge, then go upstairs to the Reference Desk and read the accompanying storybook.

On the second floor…

In the Accessible Art Space (in the Reading Room), enjoy artist James Mazza’s oil paintings of subjects from his daily life.

Along the Teen Library wall, look closely at “Still Life in Transition,” Daniel Shoemaker’s abstract photographic images of Bethel sights.

Don’t Miss It!

In the Seelye House, come see our very special permanent P. T. Barnum collection, generously donated by Laurence Gibson and Cynthia NeJame, and carefully and lovingly assembled over many years. On view are important letters and correspondences, many of which highlight significant personal and pivotal events of the great showman’s life. Also included are rare broadsides, photographs, and cartes-de-visite, as well as artifacts from General Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind and Commodore Nutt.


All exhibit spaces generally are accessible during the Library’s hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10-8; Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10-5; and Sundays 1-5 (from September to June only).

Artists and collectors who wish to exhibit at the Library are invited to get an application at the Reference Desk or to apply online.