Art Shows

Each month, the Library displays works by local artists in the main lobby.  A biography of the artist and a list of the works, many of which are for sale, can be found at the circulation desk.  Thanks to board member Terry Wise for curating this revolving art gallery.  See the calendar for future artist showings.


Art show guidelines:

  1. Local artists are invited to submit images of their work to art curator Terry Wise at wises[at]
  2. Shows run for one calendar month.
  3. Artist is responsible for hanging and taking down artwork, with help from the art curator.
  4. If artist desires an opening reception s/he will be responsible for all related costs and set up. Receptions may be held on Tuesday or Friday evenings from 5-7:00 p.m.
  5. Library will post notice of the show on its website, Facebook, and enewsletter. All other promotion is the responsibility of the artist.
  6. Sales are to be handled by the artist. A 20 percent donation to the Stockbridge Library is expected on any sales generated by the show.
  7. Questions may be directed to art curator Terry Wise at wises[at]


For a printable set of these guidelines, please click HERE.


Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm

Artist of the Month: Helga S. Orthofer

This month’s featured artist is Helga S. Orthofer of Stockbridge.
Born in Vienna, Helga S. Orthofer studied at the universities of Vienna and Graz, as well as at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  Coming to Manhattan in the 1970s, she continued her studies at Parsons and the National Academy of Design. She worked with architectural firms specializing in exhibition design, and became an active member of the National Arts Club, being instrumental in founding the Photo Committee in the 1980s and, as Chair of the Exhibition Committee, bringing noteworthy artists and exhibitions to the Club.
Discovering the Berkshires in the 1980s, she restored an 1830 Federal brick house and designed and supervised the building of a studio, creating an ideal artistic workspace for herself.
Helga works in oil, watercolor, and pastel.  For her, all her paintings are portraits of her subjects – still lifes in the broadest sense of the term.  Having one of her paintings of a fire hydrant in a portrait show perfectly sums up her art.
Here in the Berkshires, she draws inspiration from the rich history she sees in the buildings, objects, and nature.  From the European culture she was raised in, to her experiences in vibrant Manhattan, it has all come together for her through the art she now creates in her studio in Stockbridge.
Helga’s drawings and water colors will be on display in the Library’s lobby gallery throughout March.