Community Art Initiative

Current Exhibit

Artist Georgia Velisaris:
January - February 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m. Meet the artist and tour the exhibit at this special after hours event. 

Artist Talk
Friday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. Georgia returns to discuss her work in the exhibit.


Artist Bio

Georgia is a Mixed Media Artist and Photographer as we as a Workshop Instructor and Lecturer (Photoshop Basics/Intermediate Skills, Photoshop for Collage, Collage Basics, and Galapagos Islands Travelogue). The main focus of her artwork is architecture, but has created art pieces that have included nature and other themes. Currently, she is also creating 3-D and digital artwork. She is a resident artist at 4Art Space in the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. She has also exhibited her artwork at various shows including: ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan; One of a Kind Show, Chicago, Illinois; and Raw Talent, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloustershire, England, UK. She will be showing her Galapagos Islands themed photography and mixed media artwork at Burger Antics in Brookfield on January 15, 2017.

Georgia has presented her Galapagos Islands Travelogue and Collage Basics workshop at the Brookfield Public Library in 2015. She grew up in Brookfield and is happy to be back once again at the Library but this time to share her insights about her artwork.

Community Arts Initiative

The mission of the Community Arts Initiative is to promote art, stimulate discussion and build community. The initiative was inspired by the local artists’ community who approached the Library with the idea of exhibiting local artists’ works, as is commonplace in public libraries everywhere. Beginning in 2017, the Library will dedicate some of its limited wall space to exhibitions by local artists. The initiative will kick off in January with an exhibit by Brookfield native Georgia Velisaris.

How to be considered

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Brookfield Public Library are invited to submit an application to Library Director Kimberly Coughran or to Community Arts Initiative Liaison Jason Michael West. Interested applicants should print and complete the Display and Exhibit Application form. Applications should include 3 to 5 high quality jpeg images, an artist bio, and a link to the artist’s website (if applicable). Applications will be accepted throughout the year and will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Due to the Library’s limited space, only 2-dimensional art works may be exhibited.  Accepted entries will be exhibited for a period of 8 weeks.

For more information on the Brookfield Public Library, or the new Community Arts Initiative, please contact Library Director Kimberly Coughran at 708-485-6917.