Arts@Clark: Artists in Conversation


Artists in Conversation is a new remote program presented by Clark Memorial Library to provide a connection between local artists and the Bethany community. This online series will occur the last Thursday of each month and will include a 30 minute presentation of an artist’s work with time for conversation and Q&A from the public.

Take some time out of your routine to connect and explore the arts with your creative neighbors!   


June 24, – 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Library Virtual Community Room
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Wendy Frieden

Artist Statement: 

I have been creating with fabric and textiles since I was a young girl. Both of my grandmothers were expert seamstresses and my mother is a seamstress and fabric artist. From these women, I learned many techniques including dressmaking, tailoring, embroidery and hand sewing. After many years of clothing design for myself and others, in the 1990’s I embraced quilting as my passion and never looked back. I am primarily self-taught, and I find sewing fabrics together to create my art to be very satisfying. As a former software engineer, I enjoy the geometric interplay of shapes and colors that quilting affords. Combining bits of old and new fabric into something beautiful and useful reminds me of the thrift of my grandmothers.
After years of quilting with a small domestic machine, I began longarm quilting several years ago and now create my own quilts as well as help others finish their quilts. My quilts have been exhibited at local shows and galleries, and I have had a quilt exhibited at the National Quilting Museum in Paducah Kentucky. I have also made dozens of quilts for charitable organizations and events.


May 27 – 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Library Virtual Community Room
Watch the recording of this event here.

Kieran Hyland:

  • Studied Painting and Drawing:  Creative Arts Workshop with Anne Culver; Lyme Academy of Fine Arts with Jerry Weiss and Michael Viera; Independently with Abbie Rabinowitz,  Joan Levy Hepburn   
  • Studied Sculpture: Creative Arts Workshop with Ann Lehman, Eoin Burk; Lyme Academy of Fine Arts with Kimberly Monson 

Kieran has exhibited at the Correale Gallery in Rockport Massachusetts, Mystic Art Center, the Creative Arts Workshop and Clark Memorial Library in Connecticut. He also is currently teaching science at the Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon.   

Artist Statement: 

I find great satisfaction in the creative process. When I’m painting, drawing or sculpting time is suspended and I feel more in touch with my true self. Whether my art is representational or abstract I want the viewer to also enter into that timeless place. 


April 22 – 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Library Virtual Community Room
Watch the recording of this event here.

Roberta Scott is a maker of fine art (sometimes…).  She grew up in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, on and off the Navajo reservation and military bases. After high school, she went to work for the Forest Service, then served 5 years in the Navy working as an aviation mechanic. In 2005 she started working for Sikorsky Aircraft, married in 2009 and in 2011 put a career on hold to raise two daughters, Sophia and Jane.  She moved to Bethany in 2013, and decided to return to school to pursue a dream of being an artist – and received a BFA in Sculpture at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, University of New Haven in 2019.  She launched the web based gallery https://www.robertascott.art in 2020.  Roberta remains a full time mother, learner, and artist, out of her home studio in Bethany CT.

Artist statement:

My work is just that, work. With every painting, sculpture, drawing or print I make, I work to improve my skill, and convey my regard. Concentrating on line, form, value contrast, and composition. Generally my work is intuitive, inspired by the moment, history, or simply the general splendor of the world — in a medium that I feel will communicate the context effectively.


March 18 – 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Library Virtual Community Room
Watch the recording of this event here.
Artist James Vanderberg

James Vanderberg was born and raised on Long Island, New York. His work continues to harken back to the waterways and beaches of this landscape. A recent transplant to the Bethany area, James enjoys painting from nature, making a connection between the figure and landscape. 

James received his M.F.A. from CUNY Hunter College in 2008, creating large-scale abstract paintings, for which he earned the Hunter College Tony Smith Award for exceptional graduate work. While at Hunter he was also awarded the Luetz/Riedel Fellowship for exchange travel to L’ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.

Currently James is the Educator for Grades 9-12, University and Academic Outreach at the Yale Center for British Art where he teaches both art history and studio programs.  James has also taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, Nassau Community College, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, and P.I. International Art School in Seoul, South Korea. He was Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Saint John’s Preparatory School from 2013-2020.

His artwork is collected nationally and recent paintings and works on paper are available at Gallery Gris in Hudson NY.