What's on right now in the Gallery?

July - August 2017:
The oil paintings of Richard Schmidt

Richard Schmidt has been painting for over 40 years, and his 50 year career was in the paint industry, serving as chemist, color consultant, and in management. He has exhibited in many outdoor shows, including Park Forest, Crete, Oak Park, Homewood, Wheaton, Tinley Park, St. Charles, Chicago, Rend Lake, as well as in many galleries in Illinois and Indiana. He was previously involved with a number of art groups and galleries in the Hudson Valley region of New York. He was recently invited to show 31 of his paintings, both oils and watercolors, in a one man show at the Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. He has won many awards, including several Best of Shows. He is currently a Gallery Artist at Tall Grass Art Association, an Illinois Artisans member, and a Guild member of the Union Street Gallery.

Learn more about Richard Schmidt on the Featured Exhibit page.

Leave your compliments for Richard in our virtual gallery guestbook.

History of the Gallery

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.