Art Displays

Curious about local art? We are too!

When it comes to the arts, Nova Scotia is spoiled for talent, and we're pleased to feature local art in many of our Library spaces.

From The Sunroom at Central Library to art displayed in our branches, we want to give local artists space to connect with our community and share their vision.

Current Exhibits

The Sunroom at Central Library

This art space is temporarily closed and we are looking forward to reopening. Until then, learn all about The Sunroom, its history, and how to apply to share your art in this space.

Alderney Gate Public Library

Information on next display coming soon

Bedford Public Library

This art space is temporarily closed

Cole Harbour Public Library

On display April through June 2022

Art by Terry Hurrell

Terry was born in Great Yarmouth, England and emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1967. He is trained as an educator, music director, vocalist, and choir conductor. He is currently the conductor of the Jubilate Singers. After many years he decided to rekindle his love of watercolour painting.
"Painting gives me the chance to escape into my imagination and dream a bit. Creativity has always been so important to me.

My favourite subjects to paint are landscapes and seascapes. I dislike 'still life' with a passion but I'm attracted by 'abstract' painting. After some moderate success with acrylic painting, I decided that watercolours, although less forgiving, give me more satisfaction. I like the brightness and transparency of watercolours."

J. D. Shatford Memorial Public Library

On display June 2022

Art by Tazz Langille

Tazz Langille is a budding young artist living in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. They are seeking art education at NSCAD University and hope to pursue art therapy after they graduate. Their primary inspirations are colour and pattern, but they also find inspiration in the rolling waves against the shore where they live and the way clouds stream across the sky and all the different colours they come in, as well as how they play in the light. They are primarily an illustrator and acrylic/oil painter but also enjoy additive sculpture and watercolour. They love Halloween and all things purple.

Keshen Goodman Public Library

Information on next display coming soon

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

On display May through June 2022

Night and Day by Community Artists Robert Rutherford and Kath Kornelsen Rutherford

Rob and Kath are working artists who have lived in the community of West Petpeswick for more than 40 years.

Kath is well known for her handmade Mezzotint engravings, described as both intimate and thoughtful. Rob works almost exclusively in silkscreen, featuring the Maritime landscape as subject matter.

Their work has been shown in galleries across Canada and we’re pleased to have a sampling on display for the months of May and June.

For more information about the artists please visit their online gallery, opens a new window.

Sackville Public Library

On display June 2022

Art by Fraya McDougall

Fraya McDougall grew up in Fall River and is currently living in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) while she completes her Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University. She works mainly in drawing and collage, but has also explored textiles and printmaking.

Around the beginning of the pandemic, I moved to Northern Ontario for seasonal work. I began sending letters to my friends and family as a way to connect when texting didn’t feel like enough. Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of physical mail, not merely as a form of communication, but also as a form of art. I explored this further when I took a collage course at NSCAD, where I learned about Ray Johnson and the Mail Art Movement of the 1960s.
My collages or “art cards” are about the struggles inherent in communication. Assembling such delicate and ephemeral materials is a labor of love, but how do my messages translate? The works' content references a postage aesthetic, but the elements are jumbled—stamps are misplaced, messages are crossed out, and addresses are missing. With these pieces I aim to create a feeling of intimacy while addressing the possibilities for misinterpretation that come with expressing your thoughts.

Tantallon Public Library

On display June 2022

Art by Fabien Barabe

After a cancer diagnoses in 2016, I decided the best form of therapy was to go back to my first love: cartooning. This decision turned out to be a good one. I was recently published in a comic compilation, Rainbow Reflections, which is body image comics for gay men. My self-published graphic novel, Matias, was number one on Amazon for several weeks in the 2SLGBTQ category.

About the artist: Fabien Barabe was born the last of 11 siblings in Quebec in 1963 and moved to Nova Scotia with his husband in 1997. He started painting with watercolours and then moved on to acrylics. The Nova Scotia scenery is the source of inspiration for his work. Fabien has been a member of Peggys Cove Area Festival of the Arts for 11 years.

Woodlawn Public Library

Information on next display coming soon


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