The Library recognizes that the arts are a distinguishing characteristic of our community’s identity. To support our community’s creative talents, we offer spaces that showcase local artists in a setting that invites connection and reflection.
Our Art Gallery is a canvas for established and emerging artists who work in an exciting range of styles and media. Come experience this month’s exhibit and discover a new artist, perspective, and source of pleasure. Works are on display both on the Main Floor and Lower Level.
In addition to our monthly exhibitions, over the years the Library has acquired a collection of fine art. Selected pieces are on display in the Library.
In the Art Gallery
September 20 – November 8
Forest Findings was inspired by the newly published work of Suzanne Simard, UBC Professor of Forest Ecology. Her book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, seeks to change how people view forests and the organisms within them. Disillusioned by traditional logging practices and with a desire to learn more effective ways to manage forest health, Simard looked beneath the canopy and into the soil for scientific answers. She learned that fungal threads interwoven across the forest floor and imbed within root systems allow trees to communicate and share resources with each other. It is now understood that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through vast underground fungal pathways.
Often ignored due to their vast numbers and minute size, the wondrous shapes of spores, fruiting bodies, and protective bark layers are the focus of this exhibit. The artwork of Larissa Blokhuis, Janna Kumi, and Sandrine Pelissier, rendered in blown glass, coloured pencil, ink, and paint remind the viewer that even the smallest details of nature play an important role. Not unlike a forest, we are all art within larger, diverse communities and interconnected systems.
Please direct sales enquiries to Taren Urquhart, Arts and Special Events Programmer, at email@example.com or 604.925.7446.
North Shore Reads Event – The North Shore libraries invite you to a heartfelt and dynamic conversation between Dr. Suzanne Simard and CBC’s Shelagh Rogers. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session.
In her first book, Finding the Mother Tree, UBC’s Dr. Suzanne Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths. She shares her amazing story of discovering the communication that exists between trees, and shares her own story of family and grief.
RALLY THE HOME FRONT – WWII
November 8 – November 22
News of the over 45,000 brave men and women in uniform that gave their lives, with another 55,000 recorded as wounded, deeply touched communities across the country and inspired those at home to stay united. This exhibit showcases artifacts and images of the North Shore home front courtesy of the West Vancouver Museum and West Vancouver Archives.