Artists on Display at the Library

Corliss Griffith – Oil Paintings

Seventh generation native Vermonter Corliss Griffith is the Waterbury Public Library’s latest artist.  A self-taught oil painter, Griffith’s display in the library’s café features quintessential Vermont life- life on the farm, its chores, and idyllic nature scenes.  The paintings transport one back to a simple time and era.

Griffith was born in Woodbury, Vermont in 1937.  He grew up on a farm in Middlesex and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1955.  After graduation he worked at both Montpelier High and Harwood Union High School, retiring after over 40 years.


Maryellen Sullivan – Abstract Photography

Returning for a second showing is abstract artist Maryellen Sullivan with “Abstraction Two”, a collection of photographic images from a recent trip to Europe.  Her display is on the library’s second floor.  These images says Sullivan, were in unusual places– a skateboard park, the decaying doorframe of a tattoo shop, a billboard– among others, in London, Amsterdam, and Haarlem.

Maryellen’s love for abstract photography came initially as inspiration for her paintings. However, the photographs soon took center stage.  Sullivan discovers compositions by zooming in on a very small part of the larger object.  In her compositions, Sullivan will move around the object to obtain different angles or to bring a shape or color to life.

Retiring from an active law practice has allowed Sullivan to pursue her interest in art- both abstract painting and photography.  She lives in Stowe with her husband and their two dogs.


Both Corliss Griffith’s oil paintings and Maryellen Sullivan’s photography are for sale, and both works will be on display until August 31st.