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

From Pen to Hook by Penny Lighthall 

On display until October 26, 2019

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

Information on next art display coming soon. 

Keshen Goodman Public Library

On display October 2019

Art by Phillippa Borgal

Born in England, Philippa immigrated to Canada in 1972. She began exploring her artistic side when she retired to Nova Scotia in 2006. She is a member of Aspotogan Arts & Crafts and the Dartmouth Visual Arts Society. In 2017, she was a participant in Rørpost, an international art collaboration between artists from Esbjerg, Denmark, and the Art Focus collective in Halifax. 

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

Information on next art display coming soon. 

Sackville Public Library

On display October 2019

Art by Azor Vienneau 

Born in New Brunswick, raised in Nova Scotia, Azor graduated with honors from the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1961. With the aid of a talent trust scholarship he studied under Arthur Lismer at the school of art and design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and graduated with honours in 1963.

Azor was employed as staff artist at the Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax from 1963 to 1991. His work there included dioramas, historical paintings, sculpture, illustrations, including a bird volume and other books. He retired in 1991 and is now busy with various art related projects and outdoor sketching.

Tantallon Public Library

On display October 2019

Art by Nancy Perrier

Nancy has been drawing and experimenting with different mediums for the pleasure of learning new methods and techniques for expression. One of her submissions, “Le monde autour de notre planète” (The world around our planet) was the winner of the Caisse Populaire Desjardins prizes and was slightly modified before being used on Canada post stamps in the 70’s. 

She continued to teach herself arts, from stained glass, sculptures, canvas paintings, and discussing with local artists such as Evelyn and Maggie to further her skills.​

Art by Karen Kirby

Karen was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to Halifax in 2001 with her husband and son. Karen has been an early childhood educator for 34 years.

In 2011, Karen decided to do a 365 project taking a photo a day for a year, at which time she read photography magazines, studied and learned how to use the settings on her camera and practiced every day. Karen enjoys nature, landscape and still life photography with fond attachment to her macro lens.

Woodlawn Public Library

On display July-October 2019

Art by Margaret Spore 

Margaret Spore was born in 1950 in Blairstown, New Jersey and spent her formative years in California. After receiving an MA in Dance Movement Therapy from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1990, Margaret traveled to Buenos Aires where she discovered her life long passion for Argentine tango. She currently promotes and teaches social tango in Halifax and the Maritimes through her business Tangonova.

Margaret took up painting and life drawing with the Dartmouth Art league in 2014. She is indebted to her training in Buddhist practice, as well as her art teachers Kay Stanfield and Jane Schlosberg, for encouraging her bravery in mark-making.