Presenting Donna Marlak ~ January Decoupage Exhibit

Decoupage Exhibit by Donna Marlak     January 2020      Prospect Library

Join us as we welcome decoupage artist Donna Marlak at a reception on Saturday, January 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 to celebrate the opening of her exhibit at the Prospect Public Library.

The exhibit will be held during the month of January in the Irene Boardman Meeting Room.  All are welcome!

The Prospect Public Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 8, and Saturday 10 to 3 during the academic year. Please call us at 203.758.3001 or visit our website, with any questions. 

Donna Marlak Artist Statement


My Art career began after selling my business in Prospect known as the Town Spirit in 1990.

I was at a loss of what to do with my time, a friend called and asked if I would care for an elderly person while she was away and I agreed. The hours were long and not much to do, so I had to invent something to do not to waste time. I remember saving old cards over the years (Christmas, birthday, get well, etc…), also saving the environment and so I decided to use these cards to create designs. Each piece takes hours and hours. I use a punch, scissors, paste and glue and all the colorful paper. Every piece is very detailed and tedious. Back in the 1800’s this was called Decoupage--French meaning cutting and pasting. It seems to have become a lost art. The work is predominantly geometric in shape and comes with my imagination and some guidance. In addition, I work meticulously in pen and ink design, with vibrant colors and great imagination.

I earned my real estate license and have dabbled in selling and buying over the years. In the meantime, I developed breast cancer (Stage 4) and started treatments. I am now on a drug to help stop the spreading. My art keeps me busy and helps me to cope with this disease. I find it very rewarding to create something of beauty, which gives pleasure and enjoyment.

Having been born and raised in Prospect, I have many friends and relatives to cheer me on.  I have had several exhibits in surrounding towns and received many awards for my art. I am self-taught and I am lucky to have this ability. My art takes patience and imagination and being a tenacious person I will never stop creating.

Interested in Exhibiting Art at the Library?

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in exhibiting your art work at the Prospect Public Library.

Please consider coming to the library to see the exhibit space.

The exhibit space is in the Irene E. Boardman Community Room.

Please make arrangements no later than one month before your art exhibit is to start as to what day and time you will be bringing your art in and what day you will be taking down your exhibit.

We are happy to offer our space if you would like to host an Artist Reception.

The community room is a multi purpose room and serves many uses for the community. The community room is open during Library hours for patrons to come and view your artwork during times that the room is not in specific use.


Please stop by, call or email the library if you would like to exhibit art at the Prospect Public Library. We'd love to host you.

203.758.3001 or email us at


17 Center Street

Prospect, CT 06712

​Tel: 203-758-3001

​Fax: 203-758-0080

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