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The Perkin Gallery

The John Thorne Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library
Upcoming & Current Exhibitions:

 On the Walls

January 30 - May 8, 2015
Connections -- Black Poets & Writers 1700s - PresentPhillis Wheatley
Poetry and prose by American visionaries: Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison.


October 17, 2014 - January 11, 2015
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Local art galleries transform the Perkin Gallery with the work of their favorite artists. Come view the work and learn the story of Amy Simon Fine Art, ARC Fine Art, Art/Place, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Southport Galleries, and Troy Fine Art Services.


June 13 - September 30, 2014
Pages from Pequot: Local Historyweb general cropped victorian ad trade card
A Selection from the Special Collections honoring the Town of Fairfield 375th Anniversary
. Photographs of Old Fairfield and Southport, plus Victorian advertisements.


April 5 - May 16, 2014
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A Selection from the Special Collections in Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Pequot Library





February 23 - March 30, 2014
Beth Munro, paintings, Color, Pattern & Lightpink peonies small
Opening reception: Sunday, February 23, 2014, 4pm - 6pm






January 6 - February 16, 2014
Grace Lloyd Image 1Grace Lloyd, photographs, World Without End
Opening reception: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4pm - 6pm




October 27, 2013 - January 6, 2014
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Alexander Hamilton: First Secretary of the Treasury
Reception at Annual Meeting Sunday, October 27, 4 pm
Annual Meeting Program Speaker: Richard Clarida, Columbia University, Pimco
. Mr. Clarida will speak on Washington and Wall Street 2013: What Would Mr. Hamilton Think?

August 23 - October 11, 2013

carol young jpegLight & Shadow: Paintings by Carol C. Young
Winner of the Pequot Library 2012 Juried Art Show
Opening Reception:  Sunday, September 8, 4 pm – 6 pm



June/July/August 2013
Fairfield Faces and Style in the 70's: Edwin Gaynor Portraits
June 29 - August 11, 2013

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 30, 4 pm - 6 pm

 In the Rare Book Cases

January 30 - May 8, 2015
Pages From Pequot: Connections--Black Poets & Writers American Visionaries
1700s - Present
View a selection of rare books from our Special Collections, some published as early as 1773. Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Signed first editions on loan by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison,

October 17, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Pages from Pequot: Native Americans A selection of rare books about Native Americans, the Pequot War, and King Philip’s War from Pequot Library’s Special Collections. "Page Turnings" of the Indian Gallery books (Volume l, ll, lll) of chiefs Fridays at 10:45am.

Accompanying lecture by Jason R. Mancini, PhD, on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4pm:
Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project

June 13 - September 30, 2014
Pages from Pequot: Local History
Handwritten ledgers, letters, scrapbooks dating from 1885 including Fairfield family names of Ludlowe, Barlow, Jennings, Dwight, Wakeman. Printed books by Bradley. In celebration of the Town of Fairield's 375th Anniversary.

April 5 - May 16, 2014
Pages from Pequot: A Selection from the Special Collections in Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Pequot Library The exhibition includes rare books on display such as Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 1776 and White Fang by Jack London, 1906

January 12 - March 30, 2014
Mandela's Continent Books and related items on Africa in both The Perkin Gallery and the Reading Room. Exhibition made possible through the generous support of the Carpenter Family, in honor of Dick Carpenter.

October 2013 - January 2014
Alexander Hamilton in Documents & Pictures

September/October 2013
Zsolnay Porcelain from Hungary 
In collaboration with Quinnipiac University's exhibit at Southport Gallery.

June/July/August 2013
More Edwin Gaynor photographs plus Items from Pequot Library's Special Collections

Information for Exhibitors:
Perkin Gallery Layout

The Perkin Gallery was created during the restoration of Pequot’s original building in 2005/2006. The founding of the Gallery was made possible by a donation from the Perkin Fund in memory ofPerkin_Gallery__Display__Case_-_May_2008_003_Cropped_edited_resized_for_website John Thorne Perkin.

The Perkin Gallery is a wonderful space for exhibiting art. It has been filled with the work of local photographers, printmakers, and painters as well as with Library-sponsored exhibits. These range from an exhibit commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Birthday to the History of the Book Sale to images celebrating the book, Into the Beautiful North, Fairfield’s One Book, One Town selection for March of 2010.

The Gallery also houses a display case which is a showcase for the Library’s Rare Books. Whenever possible, we match the books on display with the theme of the current art exhibition, bringing art and literature together.

The accessibility of the Gallery is also one of its strengths. People passing through the Library can’t help but stop and look at the art. And the children love it too!

For more information about the Perkin Gallery please contact Heather-Marie Montilla, Executive Director at (203) 259-0346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..