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


Learn more about our Artists and Innovators in Residence at Halifax Public Libraries.

The Sunroom at Central Library

On display July 31 through September 4, 2022

Jewish Artists in Nova Scotia

Read more about this exhibit presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council, on our blog.

Learn more about The Sunroom at Central Library.

Alderney Gate Public Library

Information on next display coming soon

Cole Harbour Public Library

On display July through August 2022

Art by Trudy Fong

Trudy Fong has combined both writing and artistic skills in her illustrated journal, which she has kept for many years, as well as other work in illustration and painting, newspapers, books and magazines. She works in a number of different media: her point of departure is to ask herself: “What is the story here that I want to tell?” She may use different media to tell that story, but the challenge of showing it is always centre of mind.

Trudy tries to draw every day, even when working on a larger project. She prefers working from life, en plein air, so she does a lot of urban sketching, challenging herself to capture an image on-the-fly, in those fleeting moments when life reveals itself.

J.D. Shatford Memorial Public Library

On display August 2022

Fishing Boats, Sail Boats, Marine Scenes, and Landscapes
by Mary Leslie

Mary is inspired by a passion for the sea. She loves painting in oils, but also find acrylics, water colours, and oil pastels very satisfying. It depends on the mood of the atmosphere surrounding the subject.

“My creative genes were luckily passed down to me. Although I've taken many art courses, my mother  (a very accomplished artist) taught me to see many things, from an artists frame of reference. This has allowed me to experience and enjoy many mediums.”

Mary is an active member of a very inspiring group of sharing artists, The Aspotogan Arts and Crafts Association. They exhibit our art work on a regular basis throughout the Saint Margaret’s Bay area.


Keshen Goodman Public Library

Information on next display coming soon.

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

On display July through August 2022

Art by Sue Henry

Born and raised in Sheet Harbour, Sue worked in the Health Care field as a Licensed Practical Nurse for nearly four decades. Her career ended in 2014 when following a trip to India, Sue was struck with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which caused a brief period of paralysis.

As part of her recovery, Sue turned to her love of art and began training under the guidance of local painter, Sandy Mosher. Through her work, Sue offers a trip back in time. Done in black and white acrylic, Sue’s collection depicts life on the Eastern Shore as it was years ago. A brief history or short anecdote is included with each piece.

Sue continues to paint and enjoy life on the Eastern Shore with Barry, her husband of over 40 years, along with her children and grandchildren.

Sackville Public Library

Information on next display coming soon.

Tantallon Public Library

Information on next display coming soon.

Woodlawn Public Library

On display July through October 2022

Art by Steve Paterson

Steve Paterson lives and works out of the Bedford area of HRM. He creates original images that he hopes can reflect on our time, resonate with people, and contribute to an already rich and talented arts community. Besides working with paint and photography, Steve enjoys up-cycling and repurposing through art to help limit the amount of “stuff” entering our landfills.

The pieces displayed explore both the literal and figurative as the images are recognizable yet presented as an idea, thought or story. 

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