martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
802.375.6153 •

  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

Open 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesdays or by appointment

Canfield Gallery

The Canfield Gallery

On the lower level of the library, monthly exhibits showcase area artists, photographers, and crafters. Artist receptions are held the first Saturday of the month from 3 - 5 p. m. Come and meet the artist.

From mid-November to the end of December the Gallery hosts a craft fair.

October 2017

Connecting through Nature — Two Artists’ Views featuring Ellen Questel and Dona Mara

The opening reception is on Saturday, October 7 from 3 to 5 at the Canfield Gallery.

Both artists, Ellen Questel and Dona Mara, share a love of nature that drives their work, though their styles are quite different. Questel’s paintings are sensuous but realistic. “My goal,” she says, “is to find a way to translate into line and color the powerful feelings evoked in me by the landscape.” She loves the color and luminosity of pastels, but also enjoys the surprise play of materials when she works with mixed media. Dona Mara’s paintings are a more abstracted version of nature, and reveal an individual choice of color, line and texture that stems from her personal connection to nature. “Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window,” Mara says.

Dona Mara has exhibited, over the 40 years of her artistic career, widely in the Northeast. She is a member of New England Wax, an organization of painters who incorporate encaustic in their work. She was featured in Vermont Magazine as one of eight Vermont artists whose work is grounded in nature. DonaMara

Ellen Questel’s extensive successes as an artist include numerous solo shows in the region, having been awarded Best in Show at the 2016 juried annual show of the Vermont Pastel Society, and the honor of presenting a series of her work at the physicist David Peat’s Pari Center for New Learning in Pari, Italy. EllenQuestel

The Canfield Gallery has a strong and growing reputation in Vermont and neighboring states, and features a new artist each month from February through October. The Gallery is open during library hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 802-375-6153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A portion of all artwork sold in the gallery goes to support the community-wide work of the nonprofit Martha Canfield Library.


March 3-30
Tom Atkins
reception Mar 4, 3-5pm

April 1-29
Valerie Takvorian (artist),
Mary Scriber (poet)
reception Apr 1, 3-5pm

May 5-31
Nancy Caliccio
reception Friday, May 5, 4-6pm

June 3-July 5
Watercolors featuring Tony Conner,
Rachel Barlow, Ned Reade
reception Jun 3, 3-5pm

July 8-August 1
Mallory Rich & Martha Folsom
reception Jul 8, 3-5pm

August5-September 5
Still Life featuring Joan Luria, Helen
Young, Judy Cotter, Nancy Tips
reception Aug 5, 3-5pm

September 9-October 3
Anita Witten
reception Sep 9, 3-5pm

October 7-31
Mixed Media featuring Dona Mara & 
Ellen Questel
reception Oct 7, 3-5pm

November & December
Annual Craft Show
opens mid-November

New Books

for all ages


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