Exhibits at the Library

March 2018

A Tale of 2 Artists

A Tale of 2 Artists - Valerie Verona and John Puglionisi at the Morris County LibraryOn March first, two fine artists with widely divergent styles will come together at the Morris County Library to create a show featuring a wide-ranging and exciting aesthetic vision. From dynamic, mixed-media color collages and emotionally complex paintings to the quiet intensity of large-scale black and white drawings, these two artists will exhibit a spectrum of thought-provoking work.

American artists Valerie Verona and John Puglionisi have collaborated in the past, most recently at Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens, 2017. For the first time in a Mansion, they created an artist’s studio as seen through their own eyes. It was a unique environment, described as a think tank of visual creativity, allowing viewers to interact with the artists as they worked. Over 25,000 visitors passed through the studio during the 30 days that it was open.

Valerie comes fresh off of her successful show at the Atrium Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey. This extensive show, which encompassed the entire atrium area of the 3rd floor, featured 19 of her large-scale paintings and mixed media collages. A large showing of Valerie’s latest work is now being exhibited at Sothebys International in Madison, New Jersey.

Works of both Valerie and John can also currently be viewed at the Fine Lines Spa/Gallery in Chatham, New Jersey.

Candace April Lee

Illustration from the game 'Life is Strange'Candace Lee is an illustrator, animator and comic artist, and graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has worked as a graphic design intern at AsianlnNY, and is open to taking freelance illustration work. She specializes in character design, storyboarding and character-driven narrative, and currently is working on a hack-and-slash, dungeon crawling video game in her spare time.

Reach out to the artist at [email protected].

Note: this artist’s works are featured in our Teen section of the Library.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Kappa Alpha founders
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founders Harriet Josephine Terry, Joanna Berry Shields, Margaret Flagg Holmes & Beulah Burke

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.

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.