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).
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
- 17th Annual Barbara Luton Art Show: April 3 – May 2, 2016
- 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
Meet 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.
Original 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 Libra