T.B. Scott Free Library located at 106 W. 1st Merrill, WI 54452, Hours open are Monday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Community ArtShare

T. B. Scott Library’s Community ArtShare program originated in 2006 with a $10,000 grant from the Mead Witter Foundation, Inc. with which secure display cases, easels, and other items were procured that have enabled the library to become a place for local artists and collectors to display their creations and hobbies. Displays featuring one or more artists or collectors are featured each month on an ongoing basis.

Bill Pittman: Fins and Feathers of the Northwoods

September 2022 – October 2022

Bill is a local artist having moved with his wife to Merrill in 1970. He is originally from the Minneapolis area where he graduated from Augsburg University with degrees in Education, Art Education and Health/Physical Education. He also was cetified in Guidance and Counseling. Bill taught at Lincoln Hills for 30 years before retiring in 2000. He credits his aunt with getting him interested in art when he was 8 years old. He says the outdoors and wildlife of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin inspire him. He now takes digital pictures while sitting in a duck boat, or just out in the woods for his backgrounds and wildlife subjects.

Most recently, Bill won the 2022-23 Trout Unlimited Stamp contest. In conjunction with that, the Wisconsin DNR used the image of his brook trout acrylic painting on the cover of the Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations 2022-2023 pamphlet.

Bill has been active in donating to numerous local and state charitable organizations over the years. Bill has graciously offered to donate 25% of all sales to the T. B. Scott Library Youth Department while his artwork is on display at the library. The exhibit is on the second floor of the library in the Carnegie Wing.

Past Exhibits

2022

  • Baskets Galore and More by Cindy Leskey
  • Merrill Memorabilia – Leidiger Brewing Company
  • Wait, That’s LEGO? – Tim & Dawn Dunbar

2020

  • MAPS High School Seniors Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Conversations with God artwork by Ann M. Jaroski

2019

  • Borzoi: The Hounds of Russia from the Private Collection of Resolute Farms
  • Nautical Instruments from the Private Collection of Carl Weinert
  • MAPS High School Seniors Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat – provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

2018

  • Buttons: Advent, Christmas, Bingo and More! from the Private Collection of Kathleen Marquardt
  • “Wire & Found Object” Sculptures by David Jones
  • Photography of Tom Algire
  • For the Love of Snoopy: Private Collection
  • MAPS High School Seniors Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Pocket Watches: Robbie Johnson

2017

  • Breyer Model Horses: Esther Trostle
  • Wisconsin Remembers Traveling Exhibit
  • Origami Creations: Troy Hanson
  • Universal Creations: Xoché Heller
  • Mini Art Fair: Local Artists
  • MAPS High School Senior Students’ Art Exhibit
  • Portraits of Personalities: David L. Sladky

T.B. Scott Free Library
106 West First Street
Merrill, WI 54452

Telephone (715) 536 - 7191

Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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