News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Water For People, Water By People: Middletown Art Academy Show
March 18 – April 30, 2016

Middletown Art Academy will exhibit works by students and instructors in celebration of World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. MAA will host an opening reception on Sunday, March 20 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room

The 140th Anniversary of the Opening of Russell Library Exhibit

On April 5th, 1876, Russell Library formally opened its doors to the public. On display in the lobby case will be a variety of items celebrating the history of Russell Library.

Roy Lisker: Graphic Poetry and Other Multimedia

Roy Lisker, author, journalist, translator, editor, math-physicist, activist, artist, and composer will exhibit his artwork at Russell Library throughout the month of April.
Roy has made Middletown his home base for a life of travel and writing for 20 years. He is fond of working in genres of his own invention that cut across the traditional fields of poetry, music, graphics and science. Examples of this are the “matrix poetry”, the “Livre-Object”, and the “Donation Cards” which will be on exhibit. Two recently published books, In Memoriam Einstein and The Quest for Alexandre Grothendieck will be on display during the reading he will be giving in the Hubbard Room on April 9th. Check out Roy’s website, “Ferment Magazine”, at

The Independent Day School
May, in the Lobby Case

A sampling of three-dimensional clay pieces made by students of the Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT will be on display in our lobby case during the month of May. The artwork was created by students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade in the art studio of the school under the guidance of art teacher, Madeline Smith. We are delighted to be given this opportunity to share our work with the greater community.

Daron Sutton: Photography

Daron Sutton is a freelance photographer who enjoys shooting nature, landscapes, and architecture.

Rosa Ibarra: Paintings

In her Artist’s statement, Ms. Ibarra’s says that her work “focuses on the magnificence of women and children; my inspiration is born of subtle beauties: a soft expression on a child's face, the radiation of strength, a quiet moment of contemplation.” 

She was born in Puerto Rico and educated in Paris with a degree of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts. At the present, Rosa Ibarra paints and teaches art. She is very committed to bringing art to marginalized communities such as Latino women survivors of cancer, women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and detained youth, creating murals and other public art works.