Exhibits at the Library

Summer 2018

Rebecca Tsien

Illustration of David Bowie

I’m a caricaturist and illustrator, specializing in subjects from the entertainment and sports world. I also do commissioned family and pet portraits.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, I have worked both as an illustrator and also an art director.

While I’ve worked in watercolors, colored pencil and acrylics on paper, I now mostly draw and paint directly onto my computer using something called a Cintiq. Paintings are then printed out onto either archival papers or canvases.

Please enjoy the show, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Rebecca Tsien lives in Morris Township with her husband Dave, two children and three rescue dogs. Contact her at [email protected], and visit her website at http://www.tsienillustrations.com.

Intersection of Local History and Art: An Exhibition of Lucille Hobbie’s Work

Historic sites give our neighborhoods, downtown areas, and communities a personality that we identify with.  They provide us with a sense of place and visual interest.

A painting of the Morris County Courthouse by Hobbie
Morris County Courthouse

A renowned chronicler of this sense of place and identity was local artist Lucille Hobbie (1915-2008), who has been lauded as a visual historian-storyteller.  Through her artwork, she has contributed to the preservation of historic sites in Morris County that enrich our lives daily. The Boonton native, who was self-taught and had a keen eye for detail, worked primarily in watercolor and lithographic printing.

The prints on display at the County Library are originals from the Morris County Archives, held by the Heritage Commission, and were commissioned for Historic Sites of Morris County, New Jersey.  Featured in the exhibit are lithographs from the artist’s “Historic Morris County Series” and pencil sketches that were drawn specially for the publication.

Photo of Lucille Hobbie
Lucille Hobbie

Copies of Historic Sites of Morris County, New Jersey are available to library patrons at the Morris County and local libraries.  Copies are also available for purchase from the Heritage Commission at a special exhibition price of $12.00. Contact the Commission by phone at 973.829.8117 or by email at [email protected] to obtain your copy. 

The exhibit will be on view in the main lobby from July 9 through August 31. Large print exhibit text is available on request at the circulation desk.

Why exhibit at MCL?
To expand membership in your organization, increase awareness about an important subject, share your collection with other people who share your interests or celebrate a particular event, holiday or anniversary.

What are MCL exhibits about?
We’ve shown all kinds of things! Rock and roll of the 1950s; history of bubble gum; an outstanding doll collection; service history of the USS New Jersey; musical instruments of the world; work of a local Chinese painting group and editorial and political cartooning.

Who exhibits at MCL?
Public and private institutions, collectors, corporations, historical societies, special interest groups, painters, sculptors, photographers or anyone with a shared interest. MCL hosts local juried art shows (Volunteers for Morris County, Roxbury Art Association &c.).

Where are exhibits displayed?
Our primary gallery runs the length of our 1st floor renovated brick building face. The gallery is roofed with skylights, so is airy, light and feels spacious. There are also elevated gallery views from the stairwell landing, up to the second floor, and a second floor overlook through a large window. Additional exhibit space is available on the 2nd floor, near the computers & periodicals area. Display case is located in the first floor lobby.

How do I contact MCL?
Contact our exhibit staff (973-285-6966) to discuss a possible show at the library.

Exhibit policy & application
NOTE: signed application is required before we can accept items.

When can I exhibit at MCL?
Exhibits are generally scheduled eight months to a year in advance. Scheduling hinges on several factors including the type of exhibit, local and annual events, celebratory months and national holidays.

Can I host a reception for my showing?
Yes! You can reserve either the large or small meeting rooms on the first floor for your event. Library will advertise your reception. You are responsible for room set up and refreshments. Please ask your guests to keep their food & beverages in the room.