The Lucy Robbins Welles art exhibit program allows local artists the opportunity to share their art with the public in the Community Room of the library. The Exhibit Coordinator, in consultation with the Library Director, is authorized to select exhibits. Exhibits may be viewed during normal business hours, when the Community Room is not in use.
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Michael Pannone will host an Artist’s Reception on Thursday evening, August 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM; refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
As a young man, Michael studied drawing and cartooning privately. While in the Navy, his interest expanded to include acrylics after he enrolled in private courses there, followed by formal study in college. At CCSU, while pursuing his degree in Vocational Education, he enrolled in art more classes.
After having taken a long break from art to build a career and family, he returned to art by studying with Jane Barrientos of West Springfield, MA. He participated in two shows there, after which he entered other shows. Among them were his first juried show at the East Berlin Library Association, where he placed second; Gallery 64 in Meriden, CT , where he received the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2014; and most recently at the Mattatuck Museum’s juried show in 2018.
Michael is now retired and spending more time working on art. He gathers inspiration from Impressionism and the artists Cezanne, Leroy Neiman, Peter O’Neill, and the cartoonist Tim Ryan. This is his first solo show, and he is excited to be exhibiting at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours when there is not a scheduled program in the Community Room: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Viewers are invited to call the library prior to coming to view the artwork to ensure that the room is available for viewing. 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111. 860.665.8700. Free and open to the public.