Art Gallery

The Shaker Art Gallery

Art Gallery LogoThe library opened its art gallery on the second floor of the Main Library in 1998. Since then, many local artists have exhibited and sold artwork at the library. If you are interested in exhibiting your work at the library, please complete the Art Gallery Application to Exhibit form.

In 2000, the library began an annual juried Art Competition named in honor of former library director Barbara Luton. Applications are typically available in early January and the exhibit is juried and hung in March.

Public Art in the Library

Since its founding, Shaker Library has acquired a growing collection of public art. Highlights at Main Library include a 1941 Samuel Bookatz portrait of former library trustee and science writer David Dietz; a large mural depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland by New York muralists Andrew Karoly and Louis Szanto and Sleepy ABC, a three panel collage by author/illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina (Caps for Sale).

Dicc KlannOriginal Colored Pencil Art by Dicc Klann: November 17 2015  through January 4, 2016

Dicc Klann is a graphic designer and creator of fine art images. He is a graduate of the Cooper School of Art and once owned an advertising art studio, Kaleidoscope Art, Inc., for seventeen years where he and his staff of eight artists created logos for corporations, product identity and non-profit organizations. His most familiar design is that of the Lube Stop franchise. After selling the business Dicc became Graphics Director for Gallo Displays for over nine years. Now retired, Dicc creates in Colored Pencil. He has pieces in collections across northeast Ohio. He has been featured in fine art shows in Bratenahl, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Geauga County’s West Woods Nature Center, Mentor, Peninsula, Shaker Heights and Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He is a member of Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; The Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Meet the Artist: 2-4 PM Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Main Library

  • African American Quilt Exhibit: January 25 – February 29, 2016
  • 17th Annual Barbara Luton Art Show: March 27 – April 29, 2015
  • Art Exposed VII: SHHS Student Art Show: May 6 – May 26, 2016


Tuscany in Black and White by Lauren Pacini

September 4  – October 2, 2015

Meet-the-Photographer Reception at 7 PM Thursday, September 10, 2015

tuscanyeet photographer Lauren Pacini and enjoy his black-and-white photographs that capture a beautiful part of Italy.

Lauren Pacini is a photographer and author. His primary focus is the urban landscape. Born in 1943, Pacini moved to Cleveland in 1950, and with the exception of college and military service has made it his home ever since.

As a photographer Pacini strives to understand the story behind the subject matter to which he is drawn, and to convey that story through his art. Pacini believes that black-and-white photography offers a compelling richness of detail, texture and contrast that is often obscured by the color palette.