Visiting the Weston Public Library Art Gallery
Did you know that the WPL has an art gallery that shows the work of a local artist each month? There are two exhibition spaces in the library: the gallery, which has about 40 linear feet of wall space, as well as horizontal surfaces for displaying 3-D works (shelving, pedestals, narrow ledges); and a Community Room, with more than 75 feet of linear wall space. We encourage applicants to visit the library and view the rooms. Artists of all kinds are encouraged to apply and patrons can visit the gallery any time the library is open.
Exhibiting in the Weston Public Library Art Gallery
Artists who are interested in showing in the Weston library art gallery can apply by submitting the following information to the email address below:
• 5-10 images of works to be exhibited, as .jpg files (not too big!)
• An image list with the title, medium, size, and date (Note: If you have a website with this information on it, you can send that instead.)
• A short resume or CV
• A short artist’s statement
If you have any questions about doing an exhibit, feel free to contact Paul Angiolillo at the email address or phone number below.
The Arts & Exhibitions Committee reviews submissions several times a year and gives each accepted artist a show for one calendar month. (Weston residents have preference, but all artists are welcome.)
There are two exhibit spaces in the library: the gallery, which has about 40 linear feet of wall space, as well as several horizontal surfaces (shelving, pedestals, narrow ledges) for displaying 3-D works; and a Community Room, with more than 75 feet of linear wall space. We encourage applicants to visit the library and view the spaces.
If selected, an artist exhibits at no cost, and can also host a reception (at their expense, using the library’s kitchen facilities). The library assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to the artwork. Artists should take care not to damage the walls and other surfaces. An artist can sell their work, by leaving a price list at the circulation desk and some copies of it in the gallery. All purchasing queries and transactions occur between the buyer and artist; the library plays no role and receives no commission (donations to the library are always welcome, though). Publicity is the responsibility of the artist; the library will post an exhibit announcement with a short description on its website. Artists can also have a small sign near the library entrance.
Send questions or a completed application to: Paul Angiolillo, chair, Arts & Exhibitions Committee, pangiolillo @ gmail.com. You may also contact him if you have additional questions: 617-924-1656.
Guidelines for Exhibitors in the Weston Public Library gallery
Read this information promptly and follow the directions to confirm your exhibit and set dates to install and remove the show.
Read, sign, and return a copy of the Exhibition Agreement, to confirm your exhibition month and that you understand the exhibiting procedures. (Note: You can return the Agreement via email to pangiolillo @ gmail.com and an e-signature is all right. Or you can drop off a copy at the library or mail it to: Arts & Exhibition Committee, Weston Public Library, 87 School St., Weston MA 02493.)
Be sure to visit the gallery space in advance to determine what and how many pieces to show and the system for hanging 2-D art and the various options for installing 3-D art. (For 3-D art you can contact Paul Angiolillo for advice.)
The adjoining Community Room is also available for 2-D works; however, a wide variety of other programs also take place in that space. We assume you’ll be showing only in the gallery, unless you arrange otherwise.
Contact the Circulation Desk to reserve a time to install and uninstall your exhibit. The contact person is Kim Viglas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-786-6160. (She may be in touch with you first.)
You can reserve the Community Room for a reception. A reception must take place during library hours. There is a kitchen for food prep. Preparation and publicity are the responsibility of the artist. Application for the use of the Community Room should be arranged with the library to confirm your use of the space.
Hanging an exhibit:
If you want help installing, a committee member may be able to meet you at the gallery on the day of installation, but generally we assume you’ll have your own help if needed. The library staff can answer questions and give directions, but not assist with installation.
The Walker System is used for hanging on the wall spaces (there is around 40 linear feet in the gallery and 100 feet in the Community Room). Small nails or pins can also be hammered into tack boards on the two main walls. No holes may be put into the other walls. To label, use removable pads that do not damage the paint.
There are some hardware supplies and tools in a large closet in the Community Room, as well as a step ladder in another closet there. Ask a library staffer if you need to find them.
Information about you and your work is always appreciated. You can leave business cards and/or postcards in the gallery, create a sign for the gallery door, and/or have a guest book.
If you wish to sell your work, you may have a price list, and indicate prices. A copy of the list can be kept at the circulation desk, as well as in the gallery. The price list should have your phone number and address and/or email on it. Sales are between the artist and customer. And the library does not receive a commission on sales. The library does not carry insurance for the gallery and does not assume responsibility for damage or loss to the artwork.