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
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.
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 injuries. 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
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! northsalemhistoricals
The display cases are currently holding postcards from 1900 – 1950’s with photos by Cathy Morris of the same spots now.
The Gallery Wall
Exhibits in 2019
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 http://www.savalsevatrust.org.
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 silkscreen 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 the 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 teachers in their practice of this beautiful art.
Exhibits in 2020
In January 2020, Salwan and Ban Nouri will exhibit their work. They have been residents of North Salem for over 20 years and have exhibited their work in a variety of places. Salwan acquired his artistic technique, skills, and much of his inspiration when he studied in India. Ban looks for inspiration for her art through multiple channels including family members, past arts, and ideas stemming from her imagination. Her oil paintings are a take on classic contemporary styles depicting scenarios of women in different eras in various themes.
In February 2020, The children at the North Salem Nursery School will exhibit their work. 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 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 October 2020, Cathy Morris, a local photographer will exhibit her photos of Peach Lake. It is paired with the display cases that house postcards from the Vail and Myer families from 1900 – 1950. Cathy has taken photos of the same places now.
In November 2020, June Greenspan, a local photographer, will exhibit her photography. She writes of her work: “The imagery is painstakingly created with layered software that took years to master. I paint with photographs that I change when needed. I still consider myself a photographer. I’m an artist of the digital age but I have a longing to translate my imagery in more traditional styles; as though crafted from an earlier age.”
Exhibits in 2021
In May 2021, Penny Feder will exhibit her Little Art Prints. This exhibit is a collection of some of the artist’s favorite images, done originally in different mediums and techniques. They have been turned into beautiful state of the art archival giclee prints, reduced to a small size, professionally matted and framed. You can see the full collection at www.littleartprints.com
In June 2021, Jean Morley will exhibit her work about which she writes, “Contemporary abstract art often delivers an impact stronger than traditional figurative, or subjective paintings. The personal connection of the individual viewer’s interpretation and its ability to command the mood of its audience, is very powerful. This collection contains an array of images which evoke human sensitivities and ethereal beauty through a variety of inks and other painting mediums. Produced as multilayered paintings, the images evolve and eventually provide an impression for the viewer to see the world in a peaceful and inspiring way. The artist’s intent is to evoke emotion. She began this collection while facing late-stage cancer treatment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will see a kaleidoscope of emotions in these images portraying the many miracles and unexpected happiness in times of crisis. (commissions, original paintings and prints available).”
In July 2021, The Westchester Watercolor Society will exhibit their work.
In August 2021, Margaret Timone will exhibit her work about which she writes, “Margaret is a classical artist who specializes in watercolors and pencil but also works in oil and 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 places.”
In October 2021, Patti Ettinger will exhibit her paintngs.
In November, 2021, Pandemic Pear Project by Lauretta Jones. The Pear Project began as a way to extract something positive from 2020 by exploring the art on the iPad. Each pear is drawn with a single digital “brush.” Many of them were sent by friends, family, and students in a collaboration born of the pandemic.For a donation of $30 or more to the library, you can choose a small framed image of a pear.
In December 2021, Chrissanth Greene-Gross will exhibit her work about which she writes,