Art in the Library

The Ridgefield Library presents many programs and events for artists and lovers of art, including monthly rotating exhibits in The Gallery on the Lower Level of the Library, as well as programs and workshops. The Library also has a Fine Arts collection and many online resources on the arts.

Click here to see other scheduled exhibits and other art related programs coming up at the Library.

Art Exhibits

Visions: 2020 – A Group Show with The Shutterbugs

On View from through February 25, 2020

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2–4 PM

This exhibition is a group show representing the Ridgefield Shutterbugs. The Ridgefield Shutterbugs is a casual, collegial camera club that has been meeting for over 20 years. The Shutterbugs welcome photographers of all skill levels, working from smart phones, to point & shoot, to DSLRs.  Film and digital and rank amateur to working photographers are all represented. The Shutterbugs goal is to foster sharing, learning, and camaraderie–and enjoyment at the same time. The reception for this exhibition will take place on Saturday, January 11 from 2 – 4 PM and the exhibition is open during normal Library hours.

The Shutterbugs group meets on the second Saturday of the month. The group heads out on many local field trips or to NYC and/or shows work, discuss techniques, and plans future outings at the Library. They usually meet at the Library parking lot at 9 AM. If the weather is bad they may meet to discuss their work at the Library. New members are always welcome. 

ARTalks 2019–2020

ARTalks is a series that explores the creative process through programs and workshops about art, architecture, and design. The series is co-sponsored by the Library and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

Click here for a printable brochure of our most recent ARTalks series or here for a full listing and to register for programs.

For Artists

The Ridgefield Library welcomes the display of art exhibitions in its Gallery space in keeping with its mission that the Library “anticipates and meets the evolving needs of our community. We are an essential partner and the place where people go to discover, question, learn and connect.”

The Library’s Program Department will review a representative sample of the artist’s portfolio and decide if it is suitable for a Library exhibition. As the exhibition space is in a public space, the artwork must meet appropriate community standards and be suitable for all ages. Exhibitions are selected by the Library on the basis of aesthetic quality, educational interest, and appeal and relevance to the community.

If you would like to be considered to show your work at the Library please email Laurie McGavin Bachmann at [email protected] for more information.

The Gallery

Click here for a 3D walk through of the Gallery featuring Woodblock prints by Mark Ceconi, that were exhibited in November 2017.

Fine Arts Collection

The Library’s Fine Arts Collection is housed in the Sara and Rudy Ruggles, Jr. Fine Arts Reading Room on the Upper Level, in the original 1903 part of the building.