What's on right now in the Gallery?

Jan 7 - Feb 25, 2020:
Ellen Powell Anderson, Oil On Canvas
What We Drink In

"Growing up in the countryside of Barrington, my early years were filled with animals, fields and forests. I have never lost my appreciation and love for our natural environment, and am now an advocate for preserving our wild spaces. The oil paintings in the Library Gallery are of nature, sans human intervention. I hope they draw you in, as places you want to be, places you want to preserve, too. Miles from Kelsey Road, my former home, I now paint in my studio on the Milwaukee River in Mequon, Wisconsin."
Learn more about Ellen Powell Anderson.


History of the Gallery in the Library

Created in 1979, the Gallery in the Library hosts up to six exhibits per year, each typically spanning two months. The Gallery is now curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Public Information Manager Karen McBride, Community Engagement Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham, and Assistant Librarian Ivy Dally.

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.