Connect to art
The Library is ready to let the sunshine in its new art exhibit space
On Wednesday, February 8, from 6-8 PM, an opening event took place on the fifth floor of Halifax Central Library. Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries, hosted a meet and greet to showcase the new space and highlight the importance of art in public spaces.
“We are delighted to showcase the beautiful paintings of Shelley Mitchell as our inaugural installation in the Sunroom,” says Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian / CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. “Connecting with art is an experience that should be accessible to everyone. Free public spaces, like The Sunroom within Halifax Central Library, are gathering spaces that allow individuals to both reflect and connect.”
Halifax old and new
“Halifax is a city which draws warmth from its old buildings with their vestiges of other uses, awkward corners, and various styles,” says Shelley Mitchell, a painter and NSCAD graduate whose artist profile is featured in the book From Land and Sea: Nova Scotia's Contemporary Landscape Artists. “We need these old facades to maintain our sense of permanency and heritage.”
Halifax's heart and future
This insightful look at what gives Halifax its heart is fascinating on its own. Add to it Shelley Mitchell’s take on the city’s sense of “future” and you have us hooked—for more reasons than mere vanity.
“Halifax draws excitement from its new buildings with their clean, simple lines and this is nowhere better illustrated than in the new Halifax Central Library and its ever-present ideal of form following function through the use of structural elements and light,” says Mitchell.
Library art exhibits
For future exhibits, keep an eye on the Art Exhibits page under programs. You can expect to see budding and celebrated artists from our community in the months to come.
“I believe this library is already becoming a new Halifax archetype and is contributing to the happiness, wellbeing and community spirit of our city...”—Shelley Mitchell, painter
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