The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is a selection of landcapes in oils by Mary Kooi, December 1, 2016 through January 15, 2017.
Mary Frances Kooi proudly hails from the Chicago area, and happily transplanted to Summit in 2000. She works in the textile and furniture industry as an outside sales representative at Thibaut/Duralee in the D&D Building servicing the interior design community.
Mary has been a student of art most of her life, minoring in Art at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, and earning a BFA in textiles from the Art Institute of Chicago. Mary continues to study under the wonderful instruction of Valeri Larko at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit and has had the opportunity to travel to ME, Maryland, the Cape, Italy and Spain with fellow artists to find inspiration for canvases like those displayed here.
Mary’s paintings reflect her love of light and color, particularly as reflected in outdoor scenes.
The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. The Gallery is a public-private partnership of the Summit Free Public Library and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Funding for the gallery was provided by a grant from the Summit Area Foundation. For more information on the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, please visit www.artcenternj.org.
Blue Shutters. 2006. Oil on canvas.