Art Gallery Exhibitions: October 2022

October 1–31, 2022

Arapahoe Libraries is proud to host art exhibits each month at Eloise May, Koelbel and Smoky Hill libraries. Library galleries offer the community a place to view a variety of art at no cost while also providing visibility to local artists. A volunteer art selection committee selects exhibits based on artistic quality, variety of exhibits and the suitability of format for each exhibit space. 

Have a question about the galleries or interested in showcasing your art? Visit the Art Galleries page for more information.


Teen Art Show

Smoky Hill Library

Arapahoe Libraries is excited to be hosting a group of teen artists at Smoky Hill Library for the month of October. Here’s a look at the top three pieces, but there are over 50 pieces in the show that we encourage you to stop by and enjoy.

Annie Huynh: Fictibtis

First Place

Age 12

About the artwork: I wanted to show the complications with toxic relationships. To the normal eye, they start off fine, but then lead to harmful actions that cause a person to pull away. Once free, they are left with a band of trauma that can pull them away from any other relationships that come their way.

Ari Steele: Sticky Note Identity

Second Place

Age 16

About the artwork: As a transman, my identity can feel estranged from my birth gender. For a time, it felt like drawing over my true self would fix that, but it didn't. Throughout that entire time my true self existed underneath all those false identities, and would soon thrive once I figured out who I really am.

Ayah Al-Masyabi: FIFA Pawn

Third Place

Age 15

About the artwork: FIFA Pawn is inspired by the often corrupt and greedy authorities running and exploiting the sport of soccer. From ignoring players' health to taking bribes, FIFA and many member associations have proven they prioritize money over soccer. This painting was created with acrylic paint on canvas.


Anne Richter: Know Thy Self

Eloise May Library

In this series of mixed media paintings, I explore aspects of the mind in which it becomes trapped through habitual patterns characterized by judgment, confusion, resistance, and sorrow – to name a few. The work’s goal is to see through the many layers and illusions of the mind in order to reveal the true nature of the Soul within.

After a career in the medical field as a physician assistant for several decades, I found myself facing burn-out. I found solace through the creative outlet of abstract painting. It has been a calming balm for my turbulent mind. Much of my work is intended to invoke a sense of healing for others. My hope is to inspire people to look deeper within, and to remember their true nature of beauty and wisdom.

Paint Box Guild of Littleton: The Artful Mind

Koelbel Library

Paint Box Guild of Littleton maintains a varied membership of professional and amateur artists working in all art mediums. The goal of the Guild is to provide artistic support and camaraderie while encouraging the members to pursue individual accomplishments. We promote the creation of original fine art by our members and hold an annual all-member juried show promoting the highest standards of originality and composition. Our membership is actively involved in showing art, both individually and as a group.

Paint Box Guild of Littleton Website