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

Ellen Anderson Arts: Oil Paintings by Ellen Anderson of Wisconsin – The month of May, 2019.

Her website is:

I paint in my studio on the Milwaukee River in Mequon, Wisconsin.  The preservation of our wild areas is important to me, and I hope the paintings bring you into the woodlands and waters of Ozaukee County and other parts of Wisconsin.  The light and color play keep me on this theme.  This series, sans human intervention, are comforting in hectic times, a reminder of where we come from, what we need to preserve.  I imagine I am the animal being painted- a sense that we are all part of a larger whole.

Working in watercolor/gouache for many years informs the often thin layers of atmosphere the oils start with.   I have illustrated many books , including currently the Kohl’s Building Blocks/Penfield Children’s Center children’s books about understanding differences.  Painting small for illustrations have led me to now love painting large.

The oil paintings are in the collections of Outpost Foods, Remington’s River Inn, Hearthstone Community, Wright House Senior Living, and many private collections.  Works have been in Alive in the Arts, Plymouth Arts Center, Wisconsin Wildlife Biennial, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay WI; at Boerner Gardens (solo show), Hidden River Arts Festival, Brookfield WI and more.

Biography, Shows

~Cedarburg Artist’s Guild, Board Member

~Wisconsin Visual Artists, Member

~BFA Rockford University, Rockford, IL

Before oil painting, I had a nationally sold greeting card line, selling up to 250,000 cards annually.  Children’s books are also of special interest, and I have illustrated about 15 published books.  I have illustrated for The National Wildlife Federation, and many other venues.  I am currently illustrating a series of children’s books for Kohl’s Building Blocks/Penfield Children’s Center.

Ellen Anderson grew up in  Illinois as 1 of 5 children.  In Deerfield she enjoyed the original forest area around River Woods.  In Barrington, home was a farm setting with open fields, an old climbing orchard, and outdoor adventure.  Ellen received her BFA from Rockford University, Rockford IL.  Most of her adult life has been in Wisconsin, where she  resides on the Milwaukee River with her partner and two dachshunds. 

Ellen Anderson - Biography