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 9 - August 18, 2018

Old Bones | New Bones by Adam Landrigan

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

On display July 28 - August 25, 2018

Rhonda Marineau

Rhonda Marineau is a self-taught artist who discovered the world of painting in 1995 purely by accident—through a craft store bookshelf. Her constant pursuit of inspiration, new ideas, and techniques has taken her art into fascinating directions. Known for painting whatever grabs her inner muse, Rhonda’s favourite subjects are landscapes, flowers, abstracts, glass, and still life. She exhibits regularly in group shows and many of her pieces hang in private and corporate collections throughout the world. “Painting gives me the freedom to explore hidden perceptions and express them by blending closely observed reality with colour, texture, patterns, and light,” says Rhonda . “I do not subscribe to the idea that an artist has only one true voice or style of painting.”

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.

Keshen Goodman Public Library

On display July 2018

Philippa Borgal

Born and mainly raised in England, Philippa Borgal immigrated to Canada in 1972. Since that time she has traveled across the country, lived in two provinces, and decided to retire to Nova Scotia in 2006. Like so many others before her, the beauty of the countryside, the many moods of the Atlantic Ocean, and the clarity of the air seduced her and reawakened her interest in the visual arts. She has enjoyed the many opportunities in the province to develop her artistic side through painting in watercolour and acrylic, printmaking, and explorations in other media. In 2017, she was a participant in Rørpost, an international art collaboration between artists from Esbjerg, Denmark, and the collective Art Focus in Halifax. Her works are in private collections in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Hungary, the Philippines, Peru, India, Thailand and New Zealand.

Tantallon Public Library

On display June - July 2018

Fabien Barabé

Fabien Barabé is kicking off the Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts with his current exhibit at Tantallon Library. He has been a member of the festival arts group for seven years and will be participating in Paint Peggy's Cove and Studio Tour again this year.

Fabien Barabé, is a self-taught artist, was born last of 11 siblings in Laval QC July 2, 1963. He created a super-hero comic when he was six he did that for 20 years much to the delight of his nieces and nephews. He had his first published cartoon strip "The Spice of Life" in two Montreal papers from 1993 to 1995. Fabien and his husband moved to Nova Scotia in 1997 and he started to paint with watercolors and then moved on to acrylics. His love of the Nova Scotia and its surroundings is the source of many of his inspired works. Fabien’s imagination shows no bounds when it comes to materials he uses to create unique pieces.

On permanent display

Hooked Rug Museum of North America

Visit us in Tantallon to see Noah’s Ark hooked by Mary Sheppard Burton, which is on permanent exhibit with us. We're also currently displaying the work of two Rug Hooking Artists of the Year, and we plan new group exhibits annually. If you're interested in learning how to hook rugs, keep your eye on our events - we hold a number of workshops and hook-ins throughout the season.

The Hooked Rug Museum of North America, located in Hubbards, NS, has over 8,500 sq ft of floor space showcasing historic and contemporary rug hooking art and artifacts. Visit their website to learn more. 

Woodlawn Public Library

On display March - July 2018

liza Hageraats

"Working with strips of recycled clothing, unspun wool, and embroidery floss, this fiber art affords me a connection to this tactile work. Whether illustrating folk tales or creating felted images, the play of color is always at the forefront of my practice."

Halifax based artist liza Hageraats has explored a variety of media over the years, from watercolor to acrylic painting and various forms of fiber arts. On display are her original hooked mats, and wet felted and embroidery embellished paintings.

liza Hageraats’ works can be found in private collections in Vancouver, Calgary, Banff, Ottawa, London, Ont., Toronto and Halifax. And she has exhibited in a variety of group shows and recently had her first gallery solo show featuring both hooked mats and felted paintings.

View more of liza Hageraats’ work.