Since 2002, the Suffield Arts Council has provided displays of local artists’ work in the Pinney Gallery of the Kent Memorial Library, found in the center of Suffield. These shows have been arranged through the efforts of longtime West Suffield resident, Fran Milliken. Mr. Milliken volunteered for this job while serving as President of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association, a title that he held for ten years.
Art shows have been held here monthly, with schedule interruptions happening due to moves and construction. During many years, viewers have been provided with shows by hundreds of artists, in a variety of media, as displays have featured both individual and group exhibits.
Mr. Milliken is a watercolor artist and will display his own work during the month of June. He began painting when he developed an interest in watercolors and started classes in his later years. That interest grew as his work progressed, thanks to the help of seven instructors. He currently studies with Art Scholz, of Tolland, noted local artist, who Fran refers to as the “Wizard of Watercolor.”
Viewers will find here a wide variety of subject matter, in both original work, and that of other artists, whose influences will be seen. Most of his work employs pen & ink, used to enhance the watercolor. His pieces have won several awards in area shows, including many “First Place.”
The show will open June 1 and continue through June 30. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Thursday, June 9th, from 6 – 8 p.m. COVID regulations will apply.
This exhibit is made possible by the Suffield Arts Council, the artist, and the Kent Memorial Library staff. It may be viewed during library operating hours.