Art Displays

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 June 30 - August 7, 2024

A Printed Truth by Carrie Phillips Kieser


Carrie Phillips Kieser is primarily a print media artist living and working in Mi’kma’ki / Nova Scotia, Canada. She holds an MFA from NSCAD University, (NS), a BA in Art History and Fine Arts with distinction from Mount Allison University (NB), and has studied Art History at UCLA, (CA) USA.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Most recently winning Nocturne's Rising Artist award, and a State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Recognition Award as part of the Pacific States Biennial North America Print Exhibition at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. This summer she will be participating in the 2024 Okanagan Print Triennial in Kelowna B.C. Between the years of 2014 and 2018 she was the Executive Director of Alberta Printmakers (A/P), a non-profit & artist-run centre in Moh-kins-tsis / Calgary, Alberta. She is currently serving on the board of directors with the Executive Committee for Visual Arts Nova Scotia and is an ICA Faculty at NSCAD University.   

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Alderney Gate Public Library

Information on next display coming soon.

Cole Harbour Public Library

On display July 2 - September 30, 2024

Art by Rae Smith

A pastel illustration of a fishing a small fishing boat and house, along a calm waterscape.

A pastel artist for over 60 years, Rae Smith is well-embedded in the Nova Scotia art scene—a signature member of Pastel Arts Canada, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and CARFAC. Smith takes inspiration from the seascapes around him in Chester, NS, where he captures scenery only accessible from the water in his sailboat. His paintings are exhibited regularly at local galleries around the province where he also does workshops and lectures. Smith’s work is currently showing at the Going Coastal Art Gallery in Chester, Nova Scotia.

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J.D. Shatford Memorial Public Library

Information on next display coming soon.

Keshen Goodman Public Library

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Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

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Sackville Public Library

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Tantallon Public Library

On display July 2024

The Art of Slowing Down by Sherrie Redden

Two intricate paint mandalas, shown side by side on a wooden surface.

Sherrie Redden is a self-taught artist who finds calm in creating intricate designs and symmetry.  A practice that started with pen-to-paper doodles and zen tangles, Sherrie’s inspiration to create on canvas was ignited by the many local artists in and around St. Margaret’s Bay.

With roots in Nova Scotia, Sherrie moved “home” in 2018 after a dedicated career in community mental health in Northern Ontario. Her work reflects a connection to mindfulness and therapeutic art, blending her passion for mental well-being with her creative spirit. Sherrie’s art serves as a reminder of her belief in the healing power of artistic expression, offering viewers a sense of peace and contemplation through dotfully crafted mandalas.

Sherrie offers mandala rock painting workshops to kids and adults, and you may find her mandala stones along local trails and public spaces.  As always, keep or rehide!

Woodlawn Public Library

On display July through October, 2024

Art by Matt Mongraw

A top down painting of the ocean, as it crashes against a cliffside shore.

Matt Mongraw is a self-taught artist from Dartmouth NS. Born in 1984, he has been artistic throughout his life. He has worked in different mediums including acrylics, pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolour. Currently, his works are naturalistic and representational, often including metaphor and occasional surrealism.

He is fortunate in that he lives near the ocean as well as several bodies of water. He likes to show the relationship between people and water and how their lives and activities revolve around water as a character in itself. His works focus primarily on landscapes and portraits using acrylic paints. He finds inspiration in the beautiful surroundings of where he lives and the people around him. He will often find interest in either regular daily moments or seeks out locations to hike or explore and then capture that joy in his paintings

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On display June 14 to August 30, 2024

The Nola Project, represented by Manuela Clément-Frencia and Nathalie van Peteghem

A black and white photo of a school student, wearing their class uniform.

Founded in 2014 in Montreal by a group of creative, energetic and bold collaborators of all nationalities and ages, The NOLA Project raises awareness of girls' education and gender equality through inspiring stories and powerful portraits in a context of empowerment, inclusion and success.

The aim of the exhibition is to bear witness to the positive experience of girls at school, despite a social and economic context that is hardly conducive to academic success. It builds a bridge between the world's girls and launches a universal conversation on education as a lever for emancipation and community transformation. These diverse and unique journeys highlight the fundamental place of women role models as a source of inspiration and self-improvement. The exhibition presents powerful portraits and inspiring stories of young girls whose dreams are made possible by quality education. It helps to raise the voices of girls in Togo and Lesotho whose school careers are affected by various factors of vulnerability, including poverty, disability and illness.


Fondée en 2014 à Montréal par un groupe de collaborateurs créatifs, énergiques et audacieux, de toutes nationalités et de tous âges, The NOLA Project sensibilise les publics à l’éducation des filles et l’égalité de genre par des histoires inspirantes et des portraits puissants dans un contexte d’autonomisation, d’inclusion et de réussite.

L'objectif de l’exposition est de témoigner de l’expérience positive des filles à l’école malgré un contexte social et économique peu favorable à la réussite scolaire. Elle permet de créer un pont entre les filles du monde et de lancer une conversation universelle sur l’éducation comme levier d'émancipation et de transformation des communautés. Ces parcours aussi diversifiés qu'uniques mettent en lumière le rôle fondamental des modèles féminins comme source d’inspiration et de dépassement de soi. L’exposition présente des portraits puissants et des histoires inspirantes de jeunes filles dont les rêves sont rendus possibles grâce à une éducation de qualité. Elle contribue à faire entendre la voix des filles du Togo et du Lesotho dont le parcours scolaire est affecté par différents facteurs de vulnérabilité, notamment la pauvreté, des situations de handicap ou la maladie.

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