York Public Library Art Exhibit
Provided through community support.
September – October
The York Public Library has been hosting exhibits of area artists for many years, many of whom are established with art-school educations and a history of exhibiting in galleries and museums. The York Art Association, a gallery that has been showing local artists since the 1960s, has opened its walls not just to trained artists but also to amateurs. The current exhibition honors York Art Association members — some are professional exhibitors, some are art teachers, and some engage art for the deep pleasure of making. Our community, and Maine overall, is enriched by a great number of artists at every skill level. In this exhibit you will have a chance to see that variety.
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.
Did you miss an exhibit? Click here to visit the art exhibit archive.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org