New Program Adds Resident Artists to Domonkas Library

A new arts program that started this year has proven to be a great idea at Domonkas Branch Library in Sheffield Lake, officials say.

The program has gone so well that branch manager Anne Godec expects it to continue in 2023, she said.

“Everyone who took part was really happy and really enjoyed the experience,” Godec said.

Funding through a grant from the Nord Family Foundation made the program possible.

Domonkas branch manager Anne Godec (left) and Britta Will (right) stand by a display rack displaying Robert Wagner’s paintings on the top row.

Local artists such as Westlake resident Robert Wagner and Elyria musician Fayaven Barbee Jr. have been chosen as “Makers-In-Residence” to showcase their talents at both the Sheffield Lake branch as well as at the North Ridgeville branch, according to the information provided. by Britta Will, Utilities Professional at Domonkas Branch.

Beginning June 20, Wagner began visiting the library every Saturday to paint while patrons interacted with him.

“The community comes in and watches (Wagner) and they can talk to him while he’s painting,” Will said.

Wagner, a retired sailor on Lake Erie, paints from his experiences on the water in addition to the various scenes he encounters during his travels.

The painter also teaches a painting workshop at the library, Will said.

Domonkas branch manager Anne Godec stands next to Robert Wagner paintings displayed on the top shelf.  (Heather Chapin - The Morning Paper)
Domonkas branch manager Anne Godec stands next to Robert Wagner paintings displayed on the top shelf. (Heather Chapin – The Morning Paper)

Wagner is scheduled to teach the next session on July 18 where he will teach painting techniques, Will said.

“Both sets of workshops (by Wagner) will focus on landscape painting, including techniques and different approaches to land, water and buildings,” the information reads.

Wagner earned a degree in arts education from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

“(Wagner) paints from his own experiences, often taking images and scenes from photos and videos to create a piece,” the information also stated.

For more information, visit the library’s website.

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