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 hours the library is open.

One function of the Wauwatosa Library is to provide access to available intellectual and cultural resources. Therefore, exhibits and programs may be planned to direct the public’s attention to materials and services available in the Library, or to provide exposure to the work of artists and craft persons as well as items of historical and general interest.

The Library administration shall review the content and arrangement of all exhibits. The Library Board reserves the right to reject any part of an exhibit or to change the manner of display.

All publicity materials relating to exhibits shall be submitted for approval by the Library.

1. Exhibitors must sign a waiver stating that they will not hold the Library or the City of Wauwatosa responsible for any loss or damage of their exhibit.

2. No prices may be posted, but a price list will be available at the Circulation desk.

3. Transactions for the purchase of exhibit items shall be directly between the purchaser and the exhibitor or an official agent.

4. The Library shall receive no fees, commissions, or other remuneration in connection with the sale of exhibit items.

5. No exhibit material which is sold during its display in the Library may be removed from the exhibit before the end of the exhibition unless such removal and rearrangement of the display is approved by the Library.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Wauwatosa Public Library on February 8, 2011.

To arrange for an exhibit or for additional information, contact Cori Lutz at (414) 471-8487.

Current Exhibition

Wauwatosa Artists’ Workshop

The Wauwatosa Artists’ Workshop (WAW) features the best creations from one of the most active artists’ Collectives in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Approximately 40 members of various backgrounds, working under a mentor, Laura Easey-Jones, offer two-dimensional works on oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, encaustic, graphite, ink and mixed media.  They include landscapes, still life, portraits, abstracts and florals.

From abstractions to trompel’ oil, the styles represented show WAW’ openness to experimentation.  This artistic journey takes place within a set framework; members meet three times a month for sessions that include instruction, guest demonstrations, critques, working from models, still life and free work time.  One of the Workshop’s goals is to share techniques, criticism and encouragement.  Since its inception, the collective has had exhibits at least two times a year in area galleries including the Wauwatosa Library Firefly Gallery, Alfons Gallery, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Mount Mary’s  Marian Gallery, Uihlein Peter’s Gallery at St. John’s on the Lake and Schauer Center Gallery in Hartford.  Prior to exhibiting, WAW requires members to have their work critiqued by either their mentor or during a guest artist’s critique.

Founded in 1980, WAW grew out of an informal alliance of art students from Milwaukee Area Technical College and their instructor, Alfred Mueh.  The Workshop has a roster of officers, a written constitution and certification by the state of Wisconsin as a non-profit corporation.  Membership is not limited to Wauwatosa residents.

WAW’s exhibits consist of only original works.  They show no reproductions or prints except those prints that are an integral part of the creation process.  Many of the exhibited works are offered for sale.

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