York Public Library Art Exhibit

Provided through community support.

About the Current Exhibit

MAY-JUNE 18TH 2022

Centennial Auction Art Show

In honor of its upcoming Centennial, York Public Library is hosting a “Centennial Auction Art Show” throughout May and June, featuring two dozen pieces by local artists. The artwork will be included in the Library’s online Centennial Auction on June 10-18.

Artists who have previously shown their work in the Library were invited to contribute items to the Auction, along with several artists whose outstanding work is new to Library walls. The show will include works by, among others, Peter Agrafiotis, Nancy Davison, Marilyn Eimon, Ken Fellows, Brett X. Gamache, Julee Holcombe, Jayne Dwyer, Rebecca Klementovich, Anita Loomis, Deidre O’Flaherty, Bill Paarlberg, Tom Glover, Jeff Fitzgerald, Toby Gordon, Stephen Harby, Sarah Haskell, Anastasia Maertens, and Tom Merriam.

A reception for the show will be held on June 7th from 5-7 PM in the Library’s upper level.  Several artists will talk briefly about their art, refreshments will be served and the newly tuned grand piano will be brought out of its recent hiatus.  

Members of the public will have the opportunity to bid on each piece, along with other treasures, in June. Proceeds from this year’s auction benefit the York Public Library Association (YPLA), the entity responsible for building the original library in 1922-1926. Now a nonprofit organization, the YPLA owns the Library and protects its future, providing roughly 35% of the Library’s annual budget.

York Public Library has a long tradition of showing artwork by regional artists. Exhibits have included sculpture, fiber art, and traditional, abstract, and contemporary art. The goal is to reach not only those who have a strong interest in art but also patrons who may or may not visit museums and galleries on a regular basis. Read more about the Library’s art exhibits at yorkpubliclibrary.org/art.



York Public Library Exhibits

The exhibits at the York Public Library include a broad range of art and represent artists from York, Eliot, the Berwicks, Ogunquit and the Portsmouth area.  The common denominator is the quality of the work.   Exhibits run the gamut and have included sculpture, fiber art, and traditional, abstract, and contemporary art.  Our goal is to reach not only those who have a strong interest in art but also patrons who may or may not visit museums and galleries on a regular basis.

One of the highlights on the calendar is the “Student Art Show” held each year in April.  The show features art created by young people in York from kindergarten through high school and is designed to foster excellence in art for generations to come.  

Every year the Library mounts a group show called “Community Collects”.  This show features one, two, or a group of, well-known local artists from the past.  Collectors from the area lend pieces from their personal collections during this three-month long exhibit.

History of York Public Library Art Exhibits

When you stroll into the York Public Library (YPL) to find a book, read a magazine, work at a computer, or attend a meeting or program, you will undoubtedly discover more than you expected. In fact, you will have an opportunity to see major exhibitions by some of the area’s most talented artists, past and present. The art is displayed throughout the Library.

How did this all come about? A great deal of credit goes to a group of big thinkers who envisioned the Library as a center for community activity.  They were instrumental in making sure the architectural design of the building provided adequate wall space to display rotating art shows.  To make both the Library and the art exhibits accessible, it was important that the building be located in the heart of the Village, and thanks to residents Tom and Nancy Viele, the land was made available.

The York Public Library (YPL) Art Committee

The YPL Art Committee, composed of a small group of volunteers, selects and organizes six exhibits throughout the year. Committee members are knowledgeable in the field and familiar with the reputations of artists in our area.  An Opening Reception is hosted by the Committee for each exhibit during which the artists are invited to give an informal talk about their creative process. Exhibits are by invitation. For more information contact info@yorkpubliclibrary.org