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On Exhibit : Jamie Gagarin Art Gallery

On Exhibit: Amanda Surveski - Wildlife Illustrations


"Wild New England" - Wildlife Illustrations

September 2 - October 29, 2021

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 2 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

We will be limiting the number of people who can assemble in the Gallery or in the Library to a total of 50.
Patrons may be asked to wait outside the building if more than 50 people are in attendance at the same time. 
There will be no quiet space in the main library area during the opening.

Connecticut based artist, Amanda Surveski, grew up with an infatuation for art and nature. She left Northwest Connecticut to pursue a degree in illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. After graduation she returned home and began volunteering in wildlife rehab where she fostered her love for natural and animals. After gaining a close, personal connection to native New England wildlife, she began to create work directly influenced by this experience. Since then, she has aimed to create images that connect back to local ecological issues, provoking those who see her work to engage more with the natural world, and hopefully in turn, to protect it.

Amanda works in graphite, watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic. She enjoys experimenting with digital media and trying new combinations of mixed media to create realistic textures and colors. Amanda has shown her work in galleries across the United States and worldwide. In 2020 she completed her first art residency at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT where she currently resides as a studio artist. In 2021 she will be traveling to Iceland for an art camp with a dozen other artists to explore the land of fire and ice. 

When not drawing or painting in her studio, Amanda works full-time as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and you can often find her around Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts displaying her work at shows and fairs. To learn more, visit her website at



The Jamie Gagarin Art Gallery and Exhibits at OWL

The Oliver Wolcott Library features art exhibits that rotate every two months. The exhibits are displayed in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery.

All exhibits include an opening reception on the first Thursday of every other month between 5 and 7 p.m. Patrons can meet the artist, have a first look at the artwork and enjoy refreshments. All exhibits and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Since the art gallery shares its space with the community and library events, it is recommended that you confirm that the art gallery is open before visiting. Please call us at 860-567-8030.


How to Submit Art for Consideration for an Exhibit

All artwork exhibited is selected through a competitive, juried process by the Cultural Committee appointed by the President of the OWL Board of Trustees. The Cultural Committee uses guidelines in its selection including technique, price range, size of proposed work, type of medium, type and style of framing, and artist credentials.

For more detailed information on the submission process, click here.

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