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.

The Beauty of Fabric: Wall Quilts and Vintage Ties

January – February 2024

Beyond Books Community ArtShare is excited to start the new year with The Beauty of Fabric: Wall Quilts and Vintage Ties. These colorful collections belong to Peter and Dian Ritter. This exhibit runs January and February at the T. B. Scott Free Library.

Peter and Dian are both Wisconsin natives growing up in Merrill and Stevens Point respectively. They met in college and graduated with BS degrees in Art Education and received Masters degrees from MSU. They taught in Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids before heading overseas to international schools in seven different countries for over 34 years. Currently they reside near Council Grounds State Park where they garden, enjoy wildlife, participate in historical reenactments, and attend as many summer concerts as possible.

Dian first enjoyed colors and textures of fabric and sewing in fourth grade when she joined 4-H and entered clothing at the County Fair. She started making quilted wall art 15 years ago and has had a new piece in the works ever since. Some were made as gifts, while others were sold in exhibitions. Smaller and simpler works were completed in two days while others took two months. Currently, she has around 30 wall pieces stacked in a back room.

While in high school, Peter started collecting ties from yard sales, estate sales and second-hand shops. He now has over 100 ties, most of which are from the 1940’s. As an Art educator he wore one of his vintage ties every day in the classroom. After retiring, the ties have been layered in display on a stair railing in their home.

Past Exhibits


  • It’s all about perspective! – Chase Davis
  • Fish Out of Water – Arnie Plamann
  • Treasured Book Boxes – St. John School 5th and 6th graders
  • Homemade Art – Local Homeschooled Children
  • Wait, that’s LEGO too? – Tim and Dawn Dunbar
  • Tena’s Kitchen Collectables – Tena Gnewuch
  • Into the Fold: Origami – Troy Hanson


  • Baskets Galore and More by Cindy Leskey
  • Merrill Memorabilia – Leidiger Brewing Company
  • Wait, That’s LEGO? – Tim & Dawn Dunbar
  • Fins and Feathers of the Northwoods – Bill Pittman
  • Rocks, Canvas, and Coasters, Oh My! – Tom Lambrecht


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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