Gallery in the Loft
The Wagnalls-Jones family appreciated visual arts and included in the Wagnalls Memorial a room in the Tower  dedicated to the art of artist, John Ward Dunsmore. In keeping with that appreciate and the desire for the    people of Lithopolis and Bloom Township to have opportunities to experience art, the Wagnalls Memorial Foundation has designed a gallery on the second floor above the library, fondly known as the Loft. 

The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation appreciates Julian Cennamo, a local artist, who has volunteered his time to curate our gallery. Art shows and exhibits will change every six to eight weeks typically. Shows and exhibits can be enjoyed during normal library hours. The gallery also doubles as an event space, so please consider calling ahead to be sure you will be able to visit the gallery when you visit Wagnalls. 

Artists who sell their works graciously offer commissions to the Wagnalls Memorial supporting our mission.


Our Current Art Exhibit:

July 6-August 11, 2022

The Wagnalls Memorialwelcomes Brent Elam to its Gallery in the Loft. Brent is originally fromChillicothe and holds a BFA in Education from Ohio University. He taught atChillicothe from 1995-2001 and has taught at Amanda Clearcreek since then. Heis a Regional Director for the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibitionsince 1996 and an Ohio Art League board member since 2019. Brent’s artiststatement: “I am a Gen Xer who was raised on movies, music, comic books and TV.Pop culture is what shaped my formative years and where I gain my creativeinspiration. My work is based on what every artist's artwork is based on ,their own perception of the world. In my world my art deals with things assuperficial as pop icons, cartoons, and pro wrestlers to more existentialconcepts as the meaning of life, religion, and politics. I find my thoughts andideas vary wildly as well as my style and techniques. My work is a mix ofsurrealism, abstract and cubism all mixed with a healthy dose of pop art whichcreates a very recognizable body of work. Through layers of wood collage andpaint my artistic voice seems to scream at the viewer rather than whisper.”

Meet the artist, Brent Elam, at his reception on Tuesday, July 12 from 6pm to 8:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.