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 All the Pretty Little Horses by Jen Doninger, December1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. The artist says of her work:
This exhibition is all about a little girl’s love of horses that she never quite outgrew. As a child, I was one of a multitude of girls obsessed with everything equestrian. I still remember trying in earnest to convince my mother we could totally keep a pony in our tiny 1/10th of an acre backyard (cooler heads prevailed, thankfully).
My obsession led to many hours of absorbing everything horse-related I could get: books, movies, television shows, riding lessons - you name it. It also led to endless hours of drawing images of horses starting from when I was old enough to hold a pencil.
My horse-lover’s dream came true when I had the opportunity to work at a riding stable as a teenager. It was everything I had hoped for. I had the privilege to care for and simply just be near the most magical creatures on earth. When my day’s work was done and the herd was turned out for the night, I’d head to my car, pull out my sketchpad and draw until it got too dark to see. It was heaven.
Unfortunately, like many good things, heaven came to an abrupt end when I injured my back. It turned out that my body just wasn’t built for the heavy lifting and daily wear & tear that working with horses requires. Although this happened over twenty years ago and I’ve gone on to do many other things, it still makes me sad. I’ve never stopped missing the touch, the smell, or the sheer presence of those magnificent beings. I still dream about them and I do everything I can to keep them in my life, including supporting equine rescue organizations. I’m still the little girl in love with horses. I hope that never changes.