News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Original Puppets Created by Matthew Simmons

Matthew James Alexander Simmons will display his magnificent creatures in the lobby during March. Matt began his artistic endeavors at the young age of 5 and loves to draw, paint, sculpt, write, and build puppets.  He never received formal training in making puppets, and he uses an assortment of materials.  Matt designed his first puppet when he was studying theater at UConn in Storrs. He was assistant stage manager in the puppet play called Balloon and was inspired by the rich variety of puppets in the production.  He says his ideas come from all over—pictures, dreams, conversations, and life’s situations. He studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, UConn in Storrs, and at MXCC in Middletown.

Indian Cultural Heritage

Russell Library will be celebrating the country and culture of India this April with several wonderful programs, including subjects such as Indian music and dance, film, food and storytelling, and a photography exhibit.

Photographs of India -

Photographers Dianne Roberts and Harald Foellmer will show their photographs of India in the second floor Information Services area during April. An opening reception for the photographers will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room.

MUMBAI, INDIA: photos by DIANNE ROBERTS:  Dianne’s interest in photography began in college where she took a black and white photography and darkroom course. She has been taking photos ever since, first with SLR Minolta and now with a Nikon DLSR digital camera. Dianne worked at Delta Airlines from 1968-2008, and had the opportunity to visit and photograph Russia, Europe and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Central America, Japan, Hong Kong as well as India. India was always a fascinating place and Dianne visited New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and Mumbai.

Photos by HARALD FOELLMER: Harald uses photography to document and report on daily life, its obscurity and banality, its beauty, excitement, and its sadly dramatic moments with an emphasis on seeing the abstract in the detail.  He has been a scientist at Yale for over 30 years, is an avid sailor, fisherman, music enthusiast, and travel, food, wildlife, landscape, portrait, and wedding photographer. As a freelance photographer he has focused on these subjects for over 30 years. He recently traveled to India, a fascinating, life perspective changing experience. The people and the country provided a unique opportunity to tell many stories through the eyes of the camera.


India: Land of Diverse Cultures and Rich Traditions

-Maps, facts and travel posters; in the A/V area on the first floor.


“Week of the Young Child” Art Show

April 2015; Children’s Department. Drop – in, Everybody is welcome!  Each year our very own local artists display their artwork in the Children’s Department.  Throughout the month of April, we invite you to explore almost 1,000 pieces of their work.  Powerful use of color, freedom of brush strokes and a use of mixed media may be found in many of the pieces.  Parents and family members of our artists are invited to bring a camera and photograph their own special artist and work in our “gallery”.  Our artists are ages: birth thru five years. Their artwork is timeless and priceless.