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Glass Art by Barb Beckman

"I create viewer-interactive fused glass landscapes composed of clear sheet glass, glass paint, pulled glass stringers, and colored, crushed glass frits. My work is fired multiple times at different temperatures with layers and elements added at each step in the process to create a glass piece with depth and dimension. When complete, it is mounted on a mirror. Movement from the viewer animates the piece by shifting the three-dimensional relationship of the glass and its corresponding reflection in the mirror behind. The mirror behind the piece also provides an indirect source of light, which serves to subtly backlight the artwork.

My work seeks to create a sense of peace and calm in the viewers by inviting them to immerse themselves in a scene that replicates in some fashion the healing potential that time in nature provides.”

Explore Beckman's process during her Ethereal Art workshop on Tuesday, April 9, at 2 PM. Register.
Learn more about Barb Beckman and her artwork at her website.


History of the Gallery in the Library

Created in 1979, the Gallery in the Library hosts up to six exhibits per year, each typically spanning two months. As of June 2014, with additional space, a new look, and the Walker Display system, the Gallery in the Library is once again presenting lively and thought-provoking works of art to library visitors. The Gallery is now curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Public Information Manager Karen McBride, Community Engagement Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham, and Assistant Librarian Ivy Dally, along with Board of Trustees Liaison to the Gallery Barbara Pintozzi.

About the Gallery space

The Gallery in the Library is located throughout the first and second floors of the library and is open to the public seven days a week.
Artists: interested in knowing the measurements of our exhibit walls?

Library Area Width Height Notes
First Floor      
Internet Café (dark grey wall) 31' 6" 8' 6"  
Business & Tech Center (dark grey wall) 25' 6" 9'  
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 4' 1" 9' left of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 9' 9" 9' right of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (dark grey wall) 7' 11" 9' Dimensions do not include door on this wall
Base of Stair Tower (dark grey wall) 5' 5" 9' Although wall is wider, Walker System covers only 5' 5"
Second Floor      
Reading Commons (dark grey wall) 22' 8" 9' 8" New Book shelves in area are 5' high
Young Adult area (dark grey wall) 19' 6" 9' 6" Book shelves in area are 5' 10" high

Mission Statement

The Barrington Area Library's arts program expands the library's mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning. The Committee's goal is to give local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting and encourages all artists in the Barrington area and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.