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

On display May 8-June 23, 2019


Working the Waterfront

Featuring works by local artists Marla Benton, Philip Hodges and Patricia Lindley.

Make yourself at home in The Sunroom at Central Library. It's the perfect place to catch up with friends, get a little work done, and discover local art.

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 art display coming soon. 

Bedford Public Library

On permanent display


Sylvia Ireland

A long-time resident of Bedford, Sylvia Ireland is well known for beautifully showcasing the colours of nature.

Bedford School of Art

The individuality of these young artists jumps from page. Each line drawing finely expresses the imaginative perspectives of the artist, demonstrating the benefits of Bedford School of Art's fun and collaborative instructional style.

Janet Englehart

Capturing the fine elements of nature found in and around Bedford, Janet Englehart's collection of photographs has been a favourite for local residents for years.

Cole Harbour Public Library

On display May 2019

Art by John Soosaar

After retiring from a career in journalism, working with The Canadian Press, the Atlantic Television System and CBC Newsworld, John returned to his lifelong interest in photography. Living in Lawrencetown, he has always had the sea and the beauty of the countryside as subjects and has made the most of these. In recent years he has started to display some of the scenes he has captured over the years. Most, but not all, focus on the seasons and scenery near his oceanside home, but he has also captured the beauty of scenes throughout Nova Scotia. There are seascapes in Cape Breton and some on the Bay of Fundy as well as on the shores of Daytona Beach in Florida and Estonia, the birthplace of his parents. John and his family came to Canada in 1949 from displaced persons camps in Germany.

John hopes that this limited display of his work in May will interest the public and motivate him to further explore the hidden gems of nature on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and beyond.

Keshen Goodman Public Library

On display May 2019

Art by Julia Festa

Julia Festa is a local artist who lives in Shad Bay, Nova Scotia. Julie picked up her first brush 19 years ago. She is mostly self-taught and has taken several art classes over the years, instructed by established local artists. Presently, Julia is exploring water colour as she continues to enjoy painting with oil, capturing Nova Scotia’s natural beauty and working on a variety of themes including sea and landscapes, as well as pet portraits. Her work is available year around at her art studio.

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

On display March-May 2019

Art by Minaz Jantz

Minaz Jantz' work can be colourful, expressive and sensual, mixed with ‘fantastic realism’ that can include subjects such as floral, landscapes, nudes, animals, abstract, portraits, and still life.

Pet portraits became a subject of Minaz' to paint years ago, as they were a care provider for many people’s pets. Minaz fell for those furry faces and began painting them. Painting pet portraits brought joy to Minaz in capturing their unique personalities and seeing people smile when they viewed their characters in fine art. 

To view more art by Minaz visit a new window

Sackville Public Library

On display May 2019

Art by Bailee Higgins

Bailee Higgins is a 21 year old artist from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. She recently finished her third year at Mount Allison University studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in painting and drawing. She uses strategies in her work such as exaggerated colour to abstract and celebrate the landscape.

Cloud Studies I, II, and III are three works painted in acrylic of clouds at sunset. This was an exercise in understanding form and colour. Bailee's aim with these works was to create vibrant images that celebrate the sky at sunset.

She can be reached on Instagram:

Tantallon Public Library

On display May 2019

Art by Jessi Fillmore

Jessi Fillmore is an outdoor enthusiast, gardener, and amateur photographer with a passion for discovering what’s possible. She strives to capture the essence of her outdoor experiences in her work to share that feeling with others and inspire them to see what unique encounters nature has to offer them. On display are canvas prints of her outdoor adventures. Jessi resides in the Saint Margaret’s Bay area.

Woodlawn Public Library

On display March-June 2019

Art by Anne Fraser 

Anne Fraser began painting in 1996 and lives in Timberlea, NS. She is both challenged and delighted by the medium of transparent watercolour. Anne paints mostly representational landscapes working on location or from sketches and photographs. She likes to share her vision of the natural beauty around her and invite the viewer into the painting. Anne enjoys painting outdoors and participates in the Paint Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg’s Paint Sea on Site events.