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Share My Kingdom/Born Of Necessity: The Artists of Little City

Art exhibit and Share My Kingdom documentary screening

Mid-August through Mid-October
The Gallery in the Library proudly presents an art exhibit featuring works by artists from the Little City Center for the Arts in Palatine, IL. “For more than 20 years, the Center for the Arts has provided children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their unique and creative talents, promoting a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts. The result is a dynamic arts organization that on a daily basis pushes the edge of the artistic envelope, and strives for innovation by offering new possibilities of artistic engagement through exposure to new mediums and ideas.”

Six artists are currently featured: Andy Bell, Tarik Echols, Joe Flasch, Harold Jeffries, Wayne Mazurek, and Luke Tauber. Learn more about the artists, their subject matter and the formats in which they create, on our Featured Exhibit page.

Share My Kingdom documentary screening
Wednesday, Sept 17, 7 PM

“I draw kinds of heaven; plans for the place I wanted to stay up in the sky, and share my kingdom with everybody, that’s why.” Harold Jeffries, from Share My Kingdom

Share My Kingdom presents the lives and showcases the art of three mentally disabled artists, Harold Jeffries, Wayne Mazurek and Luke Tauber. Despite their great capacity for bringing beauty into the world through their artwork they are marginalized and dismissed by the society that they live in. By frankly presenting their lives and work in all of its bizarreness, its sublime beauty and its mundane tedium, Share My Kingdom hopes to promote better understanding of the disabled and to generate enthusiasm for their art.

History of the Gallery

Gallery in the Library

Created in 1979, the Gallery in the Library hosts up to six exhibits per year, each typically spanning two months. In June 2014, with additional space, a new look, and the Walker Display system, the Gallery in the Library is once again presenting lively and thought-provoking works of art to library visitors. The Gallery is now curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Library Board Member Barbara Pintozzi, Public Information Manager Karen McBride, Assistant Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham and Assistant Librarian Ashley Brooke Sero.

About the Gallery space

The Gallery in the Library is located throughout the first and second floors of the library and is open to the public seven days a week.
Artists: interested in knowing the measurements of our exhibit walls?

Library Area Width Height Notes
First Floor      
Internet Café (dark grey wall) 31' 6" 8' 6"  
Business & Tech Center (dark grey wall) 25' 6" 9'  
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 4' 1" 9' left of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 9' 9" 9' right of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (dark grey wall) 7' 11" 9' Dimensions do not include door on this wall
Base of Stair Tower (dark grey wall) 5' 5" 9' Although wall is wider, Walker System covers only 5' 5"
Second Floor      
Reading Commons (dark grey wall) 22' 8" 9' 8" New Book shelves in area are 5' high
Young Adult area (dark grey wall) 19' 6" 9' 6" Book shelves in area are 5' 10" high

Mission Statement

The Barrington Area Library's arts program expands the library's mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning. The Committee's goal is to give local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting and encourages all artists in the Barrington area and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.