Library Resources

Current Exhibits


The library has three exhibit areas. There is no charge to exhibit in any of the areas. The public is invited to talk to the library director about exhibiting. 

The Gallery Wall
Local residents are invited to submit applications to hang their work on our gallery wall. Exhibits hang for one month and the artist is responsible for hanging and taking down their works, publicity and hosting a reception should they desire. Artists should contact Phyllis Gargiulo at the library to arrange for an exhibit.

Exhibits and displays in the Library shall reflect the Library’s role as an educational and cultural institution. The Library reserves the right to cancel any exhibit or display at any time.

  1. The scheduling of exhibits and/or displays is the sole responsibility of the Library and its staff. The selection and arrangement of the exhibit and/or display may be subject to approval of the Library and/or its Designee.
  2. Any individual, group or organization may apply to place an exhibit or display in the Library for the purpose of benefiting the residents of the community and patrons of the Library.
  3. An Application is required for all exhibits and/or displays and is subject to the same terms and conditions as set forth for the use of the Library’s public spaces.
  4. Individuals and/or organizations are responsible for hanging their own displays.
  5. The hanging of all displays must be approved by the Director before installation.
  6. Nothing is to be mounted or attached to any other wall, cabinet, furniture, windows, doors, etc. of the Library without the express written approval of the Director.
  7. Exhibits shall be hung and removed in accordance with the dates and times specified on the Application Form. Failure to comply with such time frames may result in removal of the display by the Library staff. The Library assumes no responsibility for the items at any time.
  8. The Library does not provide any specific insurance for any display or exhibit items nor items in their care, custody and control.
  9. The sale of Art or other items on exhibit or display at the Library by residents, groups, organizations and/or artists is subject to a commission to the Library of 20%. Such commission may be waived or reduced in the event the sale benefits another non-profit or not-for-profit organization. Such waiver or reduction is at the sole discretion of the Library or its Designee.

Due to the increased cost of insurance, the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is no longer able to provide insurance coverage for temporary exhibits. Therefore, the Library now requires that each exhibitor sign a Waiver/Release form, releasing the Library of liability for any damage, loss, theft or other injury. Each exhibitor should also obtain, or check whether his or her existing insurance already provides, whatever insurance protection he or she feels is appropriate. Please note: The sale of art on exhibit is subject to a commission to the Library of 20%.

The Display Cases
Use of the display cases if generally reserved for the library and library programs. If you have something or a collection of items that would fit in the cases and you would like to show them, please contact the library director.

Conference Room
The wall space room is generally reserved for use by the NS Historical Society. 


The conference room is currently holding photographs from the NS Historical Society in an exhibit called “Taverns, Inns, Hotels and Restaurants.”  It shows how in the earlier days these establishments followed two main routes – the post road and the Route 22 corridor, and then there were a few “off the beaten path.”  Stop by and see a photo display of some old and a few not so old memorabilia.  There’s a map to guide you and more details on each, which will ultimately become a bulletin for our members.  It pays to be a member!  

We are always searching for memorabilia.  If you are cleaning out an attic or garage, please think of us.  Originals are most welcomed, but copies and/or scans are just as valuable!  Thanks!”

The display cases are currently holding water colors done by the Friday morning water color group and acrylic paintings done by the Wednesday morning group both led by Nina Bertolino.

The Gallery Wall

2018 Exhibits
In January, Henrietta Parsons will exhibit her photography taken during a trip to Quannaq, Greenland in April, 2014, with Paul Schurke, an Arctic explorer. They traveled and lived with the Inuit natives. We used heir dogs and they were our guides. We traveled over sea ice and p an over the Greenland Ice Cap for 10 days reaching Siorapaluk, the world’s most northern town.
A lover of the far north, Henrietta has canoed above the arctic circle on the Porcupine River and recently the Barron Lands in northern Canada and other northern locations.

In February, The North Salem Nursery School, will exhibit their work. Family members, pets, favorite toys, superheroes, gardens, homes, insects and dinosaurs are just some of the subjects that populate the imaginations of preschool children. Their colorful renderings of them are freely creative and evocative. Each has a story behind it; each brings a smile to one’s face. As a group, they are simply delightful.
This exhibit was facilitated by Karen Mikiff.

In March, The 2nd Grade Students at PQ Elementary School will exhibit their colorful collages. The students created these after looking at the cut outs of Henri Matisse. Matisse who loved simple shapes and colors believed they could tell a story. While working on their cut outs, the students learned about free form shapes, positive and negative shapes, contrasting color and balance.

In April, The North Salem Middle School students will exhibit their work. Selected artwork will be on display for the month of April. Please come and see the work of students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth. Students selected have exhibited creative solutions, excellence in craftsmanship and effort within each project.
There will be a reception for the artists and their friends and family on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

In May, Student work from the  North Salem High School Digital Photography I, II and AP classes will exhibit their work.

In June, Margaret N. Timone will exhibit her work. Margaret Timone is an accomplished classical artist whose works have been shown throughout the tri-state region and are held in numerous private as well as public collections internationally. Whether it be watercolor, pencil, oil or casein, her work is inspired by nature, her dreams and the human form. Her love and respect for history, transforms  her actual or mythical themes into her own sacred place.

In July,  a group of eclectic friends who call themselves, Birds of a Feather, and who share a common interest in interpreting and depicting landscapes and nature will exhibit their work.

In August, Jackie Meyers Smith  will exhibit her work. Jackie’s work is metaphoric, symbiotic and celebrates the teachings of Buddha and the joys and trials of life. She uses multi-media assembly of found objects, acrylic and collage to express her art. There will be a free 30 minute meditation and guided imagery from 6:30 – 7:00. Bring a mat if you wish.

In September, Dorothy Lorenz will exhibit her paintings done in oil.

In October, Jane Cooper and Brenda Siegeich will exhibit their work. With nature ever pressing her reign over the earth with fires, floods, hurricanes and droughts, we seek safety and protection in our homes, even as they are equally vulnerable. The current art show at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library pairs the paintings of two artists and asks the viewer to reflect on today’s climate change challenges.

These artists are both members of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. They have collaborated on past exhibitions for the library. In addition to being long time friends and professional artists, they enjoy sharing their work and welcome viewers to join in on the discourse.

In November, Heidi Case will display her work. She wrote the following about her life and work. I was born and raised in Germany. After having trained as a graphic designer and worked in the health food industry, I came to the US in 1957. I worked in NYC, Minneapolis, LA and Long Beach California. After raising four kids, I studied decorative arts with teachers from across the US and Russia. Four years ago I got interested in pastel. I had worked in oil and acrylic before and enjoy learning in this medium. I have studied pastel mostly with Robert Carsten, also with Ray Smith, both master pastellists.

In December, Ban Nouri and Salwan Nouri will display their work. Ban Nouri has been a resident of North Salem for over twenty years where she and her husband, Salwan Nouri, raised their two children now in their early twenties. Ban enjoys looking for inspiration for her art through multiple channels including family members, past arts and ideas stemming from her imagination. Ban’s oil paintings are a take on classic contemporary styles depicting scenarios of women in different eras in various themes. In 2016, her work was featured in a juried art show at the “An Appetite for Art” library fundraiser held at the Hammond Museum. In 2017, her work was additionally featured in Ridgefield’s Guild of Artists and the Greenwich Art Society. Ban explores the museums of New York City to find her latest artistic crave where she often tries to extend the same passion in her own work.
Salwan Nouri described his described his background thusly. I acquired my my artistic skills when I studied abroad in India in my twenties. There I took a plethora of classes where I developed an appreciation for the arts. I believe my artistic style is a reflection of my past training combined with Indian inspiration. In 2017, my art was seleced by Judy Hecker, Director of the International Print Center New York and former Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Print, the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, to be featured at the Hammond Museum’s “Inspirations” Artists competition. In addition, specific pieces of mine were on display at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library’s gallery wall alongside my wife, Ban Nouri. 

In January, 2019, Nina Bertolino and the library’s Friday Morning Watercolor Group will exhibit their work. In the past year this group has met every Friday to paint watercolors with Nina Bertolino as our creative director. We have learned to observe the world differently now, seeing the subtle shadows and shades in our everyday environment and learning to put them on paper. We are all talented amateurs who now love watercolors and enjoy each other’s company.

In February, 2019 the featured artists will be students from the NS Nursery School. Family members, pets, favorite toys, superheroes, gardens and homes, insects and dinosaurs are just some of the subjects that populate the imaginations of preschool children. Their colorful renderings of them are freely creative and evocative. Each has a story behind it; each brings a smile to  one’s face. As a group they are simply delightful.

In March, 2019 second grade students at PQ elementary school will be displaying their collages under the guidance of teacher Jayne Silverblade. These colorful collages were inspired by Henri Matisse. While the students were working on their cut outs, they learned about free form shapes, positive and negative shapes, and contrasting colors and balance.

In April, 2019 the North Salem High School digital photography classes I, II and AP will display their photographs.

In May,  2019 North Salem Middle School students will display their work.

In June, 2019 Seema K. Varma will exhibit her work presenting a vivid collection of paintings that cover a variety of subjects and techniques all skillfully captured with beautiful acrylic colors on canvas. I practice an intuitive  style of painting. As well as being an artist, I am a poet, author, teacher, wife, mother and founder of Saval Seva Trust. I have self-published four books on spirituality and self-help. Please view my work at

In October and November, 2019 Nina Bertolino will exhibit her work. Her paintings range from abstract to impressionistic. She has a bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence and a master’s in art education from the College of New Rochelle. She worked at a silk screen atelier. She paints in oils, acrylics, gouache and watercolor. She also enjoys working in pastels and creating mixed media pieces and collages. She facilitates two art groups for acrylics/pastels and watercolors in North Salem. She loves to use bold colors in her artwork and often sees colors in things that others don’t. She loves to create and share her love of art with others.

In December, 2019 Laura Gould will exhibit  paintings and drawings including those from her students who study and practice their skills with Laura. The subjects chosen for the drawings and paintings are from the surrounding parks and natural world. On view are paintings and drawings in graphite, color pencil and watercolor. The appreciation for plants and the natural world is the thread that binds the students and teacher in their practice of this beautiful art.