The Woodbridge Town Library is pleased to present new art exhibits every month in the Meeting Room. These exhibits are free and open to the public when the meeting room is not in use. If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at the library please contact Elena Fernandez, Adult Services Librarian at 203-389-3466. Artists are typically booked a year in advance. Click Here for Art Registration and Release Form
The Magic of Pastels
Elaine Benevides and Katy Despot
Elaine Benevides is mostly a self-taught artist. She grew up in Rhode Island, as a first generation American, the oldest of two, born to parents who immigrated to the New World from the Azores, Portugal, for better economic opportunity. Farmers in the Azores, her parents became factory workers in the United States and, although they provided all basic necessities, there was no extra income for Elaine and her sister to explore their talents. In December 2013, at the age of 48, Elaine decided to try her hand at art. She has taken some individual and group lessons with a handful of soft pastel artists. She is a social worker by trade, working full-time in New Haven as a social work supervisor, leading a team that places and supports teenagers in foster care. She lives in Hamden, CT with her partner and two dogs who often appear in her art work. She is embraced by art every day, both by artist friends she has made in the last two and half years and also by her dedication to making art every day.
Katy Despot is originally from California but has lived in Connecticut for many years. She has practiced as a Nurse Midwife for over 3 decades. More recently she has made time in her life for drawing and painting. She now works in soft pastels and is constantly looking to develop her skills and her artistic eye. She has also discovered a very talented pastel-artist community here in Connecticut as well as around the US and internationally. She is grateful for this opportunity to exhibit some of more recent paintings with her friend and sister-in-pastels, Elaine Benevides. This is the first art show for each of them.
If interested in any of the pieces, please contact this month’s artists directly: