The Shaker Art Gallery
The 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).
17th Annual Barbara Luton Juried Art Show: April 3 – May 1, 2016
Winners in the 17th Annual Barbara Luton Art Competition are
Best of Show: Pat Schroeder for her mixed media, Mrs. Nobody
First Place: Jane Petschek for her intaglio, Flatiron Fantasy
Second Place: Philip Bailin for his photograph, Sergeant Major-Army of Northern Virginia
Third Place: George Kocar for his watercolor, Pablo Looks at the Fortune Teller
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Blacque Clement for his xerograph, The Many Faces of Cyberpunk Tom; Sarah Johnston Knoblauch for her watercolor, Cat Nap; Marianne Wilham for her watercolor pencil Villa Plein Sud, and Shari Wolf for her mixed media, Bird Princess?
Other artists juried into the show include: Liza Bonthius, Michael Cole, Lynn Katz Danzig, Stephanie Darrah, Lois Davis, Marc Frisch, Boni Suzanne Gelfand, Anna Hsu, Kim Jackson, Sandra Johnson, Wally Kaplan, DeAndre King, Geraldine King, Dicc Klann, Wendy McGuffin-Cawley, Fabiana Olivier, Horace Reese, Myron Bud Stern, Gary Thomas, and Betty Williams.
According to Karen DeMauro and Meryl Haring, jurors for this year’s show, “We were pleased with the wide variety of work submitted this year. When choosing the winning pieces we focused on the creative aspect along with skill and technique. Mrs. Nobody was awarded best of show, as it engaged us in the most compelling dialog. We were both drawn to the piece immediately to see the use of mediums and the emotion that the subject matter conveyed. The piece has a beautiful sense of color and movement that carries the eye throughout the work.”
- Art Exposed VII: SHHS Student Art Show: May 6 – May 26, 2016
- Curtis Avant : Acrylics and Watercolors: June 6 – July 11, 2016
- Kate Uhlir Artists: July 18 – September 2
- Octavofest Exhbit: October 1 – October: October 1 – October 31
- Art of Boni Gelfand & Jane Petchek: November 7 – December 16
The African-American Quilt & Doll Guild presents Story Quilts: February 1 – February 29, 2016
The African American Quilt & Doll Guild was founded in 2006 by two retired school teachers; one who was a quilter and doll maker and one who wanted to explore quilting as an art form. Thirty-five women met for that first meeting, since then the group is diverse, has grown to seventy members including men. The group meets from 10 am – 1 pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at the Warrensville Heights Civic and Senior Center, 4567 Green Road in Warrensville Heights.
Meet-the-Artists Reception: 7-8:30 PM Thursday, February 11, 2016 on the Main Library Second Floor
Original Colored Pencil Works of Dicc Klann: November 17, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Dicc Klann is a graphic designer and creator of fine art images. A graduate of the Cooper School of Art Klann 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.
Tuscany in Black and White by Lauren Pacini: September 5- October 2, 2015
Meet photographer Lauren Pacini and enjoy his black-and-white photographs that
capture a beautiful part of Italy.
The exhibit will be on display through October 2, 20
Friends of the Shaker Library sponsored a Gallery-Opening Reception 7-8 pm Thursday, September 10, 2015.