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
BETWEEN THE BOOKENDS
March 2 – April 27
Bookends of all shapes and sizes have been helping libraries, booksellers, collectors, and readers of all ages display and maintain books on shelves for centuries. Saved books from university classes, bookclubs, summer cabin trips, and family histories line our walls as proof of past accomplishments and happy memories spent reading.
The Book Ends series, created by artist Sharon Reay, is a comment on the importance of reading in her life. Memories of nightly bedtime stories are a reminder of a safe and less complicated time from her childhood when she was the sole focus of her parents’ attention. Sharon’s father would read rich, imaginative stories of dragons and fairies accompanied by the expressive drawings of John Tenniel (Alice in Wonderland), John R. Neill (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and Arthur Rackham (Grimms’ Fairy Tales). When Sharon was reintroduced to ceramic sculpture in the late 80s, these fantastical characters, which had lain dormant in her mind for decades, came to life again in clay. Sharon’s ceramic sculptures pay tribute to the writers and illustrators whose work enriched her childhood and continues to support her art today.
Please direct sales inquiries to Taren Urquhart, Arts and Special Events Programmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.925.7446.