Art Exhibition Space at Wauwatosa Public Library

Firefly Art ExhibitionsThe Firefly Art Gallery is located on the main floor of the library east of the Circulation Desk. Gallery space is available to professional artists and art organizations free of charge. The gallery is open for public viewing during all hours the library is open.

Depending on the size of the works, 25-50 pictures can be accommodated and materials typically remain on display for 2 months. All pictures must be framed with a wire hanger or saw-toothed hanger located on the back. Titles must also appear on the back of each work.

Exhibitions can be hung by the artist or by the Library Staff Artist.

While prices are not displayed to the public on the picture IDs, an inventory list with pricing information is kept at the Circulation Desk for any inquiries.

A signed “Hold Harmless” agreement, inventory, personal ID cards and biographical information must be provided by the artist.

The Firefly Gallery is currently booked through 2017. To arrange for an exhibit or for additional information, contact Barbara Klausmeier at (414) 479-8900 ext. 5710

Current Exhibition

The current show is “Realistic Paintings” by Paul Madura.

As a young boy in India, Paul Madura, now a Wauwatosa resident, learned to paint from his father.

Madura learned trompe l’oeil from Aaron Bohrod, an artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The style has inspired concepts for “Our Two Sons (in gallery).  Since retiring from work as a probation and parole officer in 2001, Madura paints every morning. He completes two or three paintings per year, evidence of their detailed nature.

Madura has belonged to the League of Milwaukee Artists since 1985 and the Wauwatosa Artists Workshop since 1980. Through these groups, artists’ work is shown in libraries and galleries.