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 when we can safely reopen. Until then, learn all about The Sunroom, its history, and how to apply to share your art in this space.

Alderney Gate Public Library

Currently on display

Art by Mark Maestro

Mark Maestro was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 1981. He received his BFA (Ceramics) from Nova Scotia College of Art & Deseign and trained as an illustrator at Red River College. 

Maestro continues to live and work in Dartmouth. He also works at Halifax North Memorial Public Library.

Maestro's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo, Jakarta, Adelaide, Manila, New York City, and across Canada.

Contact Mark

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Bedford Public Library

This art space is closed temporarily.

Cole Harbour Public Library

This art space is closed temporarily.

J. D. Shatford Memorial Public Library

Currently on display

Art by Christine Ostling

Christine Ostling grew up in Fox Point, Nova Scotia, a small fishing community on the south shore of the Canadian province's beautiful coastline. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and went on to create art in practically every medium possible. She has been a photographer, potter, woodworker, seamstress, landscaper, interior designer, assemblagist and painter.

Keshen Goodman Public Library

On display February 1-28, 2022

Twelve Coastal Lights by Michael G. Winters


Michael G. Winters’ dual passions of travel and photography have taken him throughout North America and to several Asian countries, in search of interesting locations to practice his camera skills. He has journeyed to beautiful Pacific oceanside beaches and explored the back alleys of Hong Kong, trekked Hawaii’s lush volcanic mountains, investigated Taiwan’s bustling street markets, and of course, has extensively road-tripped along the winding, coastal roads of the Maritime Provinces, to shoot the magnificent scenery found there. 

Michael was born and raised in Parrsboro, and after previously residing in both Toronto and Vancouver, now makes his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

This exhibition, “Twelve Coastal Lights,” highlights many of the lesser-known lighthouses that sit close to Nova Scotia’s Atlantic, Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait ,and Bras d’Or coastal waters.  Each lighthouse exhibits and shows off, its own unique personality based on its history, location and design.


Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

Information on next art display coming soon

Sackville Public Library

Currently on display

Getting Fresh Air - Art by Donica Larade

Donica Larade is a local artist and recent graduate with a bachelor of Biology and a minor in studio art from Saint Francis Xavier University. She is a mixed media artist that uses watercolour, ink, and print to capture a variety of subjects. Dreams, unconventional beauty, women empowerment, mental health, and chronic pain can all be seen in her pieces. 

Her recent work has focused on connecting with the outdoors and natural elements of Nova Scotia, identifying and illustrating plants, animals and mushrooms.

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Tantallon Public Library

Currently on display for January 2022

Art by the Aspotogan Arts & Craft group

For January, the AAC is happy feature the mixed medium works of the following artists: are Mary Leslie Pelham, Bunk Trinacty, Nancy McDonald, and Dianne Murdoch.

About the Group

Aspotogan Arts and Craft group consist of 40+ artist and artisans who met once a month at The Ocean Swells Community Centre in Northwest Cove Nova Scotia. The group recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. You find them on Facebook at Aspotogan Arts and Crafts, opens a new window or on their website, opens a new window

Coming up for February 2022

Ann Carson

Medium: Acrylic

"This past fall, I raised over $500.00 for the Nova Scotia Mental Health Association by painting and selling gift cards. I hope you enjoy my art display [of these cards] at the Tantallon Public Library."

About the Artist

Ann Carson lives in Hammonds Plains and began painting for therapy while in recovery from depression. She was inspired to choose painting by her school students and her love and appreciation of art. To start, Ann studied works of famous artists and then would try to emulate their styles.

Ann loves to paint flowers, birds, and wildlife, and her artwork at the Library will be a combination of her own artwork and tributes to various Canadian artists.

Besides painting she enjoys cooking, spending time with family and connecting with amazing friends.

Woodlawn Public Library

Currently on display

Art by Marlene York, Seaforth Studio

Marlene works in a variety of media, including paintings in oils and watercolours, drawings in conte, pencils and charcoal, and mixed media pieces. She paints and draws on location as well as in her studio. Her interests include landscape, still life, portraits, and the design of the human figure. She is fascinated by the design created by shadow and light inside the natural world—whether it's people, objects, or landscape. Marlene has participated in many group and solo exhibitions. She has been a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia since 1996.

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