The library hosts art exhibits by local artists of all ages. Exhibits are available to view during library open hours and may include themed activities, artist receptions, music, and demonstrations. Visit the library to view our current exhibits and explore descriptions of current and upcoming exhibits below.
November & December 2022
Pastels by Bruce Wiegand | Atrium Gallery
Pastels are a painting medium first used in the 15th century about the same time that oil painting became popular. Artist Bruce Wiegand has been problem solving and learning about the visual arts for a long time. He immersed himself in them and earned a living through the visual arts for over 50 years. Over the course of his career, he has been a high school and adult education teacher, graphic designer, package designer, illustrator, and wood sculptor. He spent the last 20 years studying pastels. His pastel work includes a strong direction toward realism and most of his work could be considered realistic to semi-abstract landscape paintings. This exhibit features around 60 pastel pieces by artist Bruce Wiegand.
Some of his pieces are for sale. To learn more or contact the artist, please explore his website: brucewiegand.com
Animals by Morgan Fletter | Café Gallery
Explore the animal artwork of Morgan Fletter, a pet artist and owner of Canine Canvas.
Artist Statement: I was born here in Portage, Michigan, and am currently a Junior at Portage Central High School. I have always loved art, creating and sharing my work with others, and seeing the enjoyment it brings. I am the proud owner of Canine Canvas. Canine Canvas is a business that started with painting pet portraits and evolved into everything from architectural drawing, to scenery, and other animals. I practice in acrylic, watercolor, colored pencils, and sketching.
What I love about art is the freedom to choose what I create. I have always been an animal lover and it is reflected in the portraits that I paint. People ask if I am going to study art in college and the answer I give is, “Probably not.” Art is something I enjoy doing as a hobby and choose to keep it that way for now.
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Purchasing Local Art
Some of the art displayed in our art exhibits is available for purchase. You can inquire about pricing or artist contact information at the Information Desk on the main level. The library does not handle the sale of artworks. Interested parties must contact the artist directly. Artwork displayed at the library for an exhibit must remain at the library for the duration of the contracted exhibit.
Are You a Local Artist?
We will be accepting applications for future exhibits soon! To receive an email notification when we are accepting applications for future exhibits, please fill out the following form: