News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Middletown High School Mural Project
September, in the Lobby

Beginning in 2009, senior class art students have embarked each year on a long term group project: producing a mural for the new school’s corridors that would serve as a legacy to their graduating class. The Class of 2016 mural will be shown in the library’s main lobby through the end of August, when it will be installed permanently at MHS. Also on view will be the recently completed Class of 2014 mural. Both were completed under the guidance of art teacher Patrick Shugrue.

Backyard Bugs: photos by Sandra Bellock Listorti
September in the Alcove Gallery and Lobby

The library’s walls will be crawling with the close-up photographs taken by Sandra Bellock Listorti. Everyday, Sandra  takes macrophotographs of insects, showcasing them in her blog, The Bugs in the Backyard ( Her mission is to highlight the beauty of the tiny creatures that share our world, and convince people to look at insects and say, “Ooh!” instead of, “Ew!” Her backyard in Norwich is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. It provides her with endless inspiration and subjects for her camera’s lens. Ms. Listorti enjoys a variety of creative endeavors as a puppeteer, writer and illustrator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Frank W. Ballard.

Community Partners in Action Exhibit
September 16 – October 28

This exhibition of work from the Community Partners in Action (CPA) Prison Arts Program will feature recent drawings, paintings and sculptures by artists incarcerated in Connecticut’s prisons. Community Partners in Action is a nonprofit agency created in 1875, first called the Friends of Prisoners Society and later, the Connecticut Prison Association. The Prison Arts Program was initiated in 1978 as collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Correction and Community Partners in Action. The program operates under the belief that the arts are an integral tool in aiding inmates to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, interpersonal and communication skills and their ability to think critically while they examine their lives and the actions that led to their incarceration. Exhibitions and publications are the culmination of each year’s work organizing and providing arts workshops and projects within the State’s prison system. As well, they provide the general public with a unique window into an important, but often unseen, part of our community.

RECENT SCULPTURE / Created In Prison During the Past Year
Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program

In the Case in the Lobby: A small exhibition of sculptures created in Connecticut prisons during the past year will be installed in and around the Russell Library’s glass display case on the first floor   In prison, scraps of anything can find their way into ingenious sculptural works…come see afew of the best made in the past year!