The Library’s featured artist for November, Phoebe Barron, is one of 73 artists whose artworks are showcased in HMVC Gallery New York’s Vibrant Visions Virtual Group Exhibition, a digital art show running from November 1st to November 30th. You can visit the HMVC website to see her piece Maze displayed in a virtual art gallery along with the works of the other artists, or see it in person in the Library’s Community Room as part of her “Lines, Angles, and Reflections in Architecture” display!
The staff of Clark Memorial Library wishes all of our patrons a safe and happy Halloween night, whether you’re planning to celebrate today or already got your trick-or-treating in over the weekend!
Clark Memorial Library and the Arts@Clark! Arts in the Library Committee’s 4th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit in August was a huge success! We’ve put together a video to commemorate the event, which you can view on the Library’s website or on our YouTube channel. Thank you once again to all the artists who took part, the organizers and staff who helped plan and run the Exhibit, and especially to everyone who attended!
Special thanks to local quilting artist Wendy Frieden for donating an original quilt to decorate our new Children’s Room. We will celebrate the addition of the “Kaleidoscope Quilt” with a kaleidoscope themed Arts@Clark! Makerspace activity on Saturday October 7th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Clark Memorial Library will be closed Wednesday, September 6th for cleaning and repairs, and close at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 9th for a private event.
We will open at 10:00 AM on September 7th and 12th as usual.
Our Arts@Clark! exhibit for August and September will feature the works of local artist Robin McCahill. She will also be hosting a crafting workshop in mid-September, so keep an eye on our Event Calendar!
Robin is from Thomaston, Connecticut. She is a fiber and felting artist who enjoys exploring its two- and three-dimensional qualities. Her work is inspired by nature, textures, colors, creatures, myths and legends, magic, science, and mechanics. She designs and builds props and puppets for performers, as well as performing herself and creating wearable art and home décor.
Robin has been Art Director for Cheshire Youth Theater for 5 seasons, directing kids in plays like Lion King Jr., Singing in the Rain, Moana, Matilda, and coming soon, Shrek Jr. the Musical! She also hosts workshops for both children and adults at Artsplace in Cheshire, as well as libraries, schools, colleges, museums, art centers, rehab centers, and at her studio. She is a bike-fitting specialist and owner of Intuit Bike Fit LLC, and is a licensed massage therapist.
Arts@Clark! and Clark Memorial Library are proud to present the Fourth Annual Public Art Exhibit! The event will take place on Sunday, August 6th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, and is free to attend; parking will be available at the Bethany First Church of Christ (511 Amity Road) and Bethany Historical Society (512 Amity Road).
This free outdoor exhibit will feature works by local artists in painting, sculpture, drawing, quilts, pottery, site-specific installation and more on the Library grounds in scenic Bethany Connecticut. It is part of Clark Memorial Library’s summer programming and exemplifies its mission to Engage, Connect, and Grow.
This year’s theme of “All Together Now” celebrates how the arts create opportunities to connect and share the unique nature of Bethany in a lively, supportive outdoor experience. Join us as we come together for an afternoon of art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and baked goods. We hope to see you there!
We have an extra-special summer Makerspace activity planned for July:
The All Together Now! House-Building Project is an all-ages program that will take place from July 19th to July 29th; stop in during Library hours and create a model house to add to the growing town of Clarkville. We can’t wait to see all of your creations!
You can support Clark Memorial Library by taking part in the Friends of the Library Raffle & Silent Auction, which will be running through July 31! Stop by the table at the bottom of the main staircase to purchase raffle tickets. To the left of the table is a set of shelves where you can participate in the auction: just write your name and bid(s) on the yellow form paired with the item(s) you want.
All proceeds from both the raffle and the auction will support the Library’s
Pre-K – 12th Grade Summer Reading Program and Early Literacy Projects.
The Bethany Community School LEGO Club will be meeting at Clark Memorial Library on Thursdays, starting June 29th! This summer program is open to patrons of all ages; drop-in is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be free-building every week, and special building challenges will also be announced throughout the summer by the Club’s organizers. We have both LEGO and DUPLO blocks. Stop by and get creative!