The Exhibition Hall and the Art Wall are in keeping with the library’s cultural mission. Monthly exhibits give local artists a chance to become better known by the general public.

Artists who would like to exhibit their work at the library are encouraged to submit an application. It should be noted that the waiting period for an exhibit space is usually 24 months.

Under the spotlight

In the exhibition hall and the Art Wall, until January 31: Exposing Young Artists! (Young Students of the Rec Centre)

Young aspiring artists from Town of Mount Royal expose their masterpieces. Their work was done in two courses offered last fall by Mr. Vladimir Midvichi at the Recreation Centre. They used drawing, painting and printing techniques and worked with graphite, acrylic, different pastels, watercolors and crayons to create their works.

The Little Artists workshop is designed to help children explore the world of drawing and painting by the use of different techniques, while Create like the masters gives basic notions about painting and drawing techniques by following the learning stages taught in specialized art schools and helping them to discover the works of popular Great Masters. The workshops are offered to children from 5 to 12 years old. A winter session is also in progress.

There will be a vernissage at the library on Tuesday, January 23 from 18:00 to 19:00.

In the entry hall display cabinet, until January 31: Bonnie Stamos Destounis

Bonnie Stamos Destounis was born and educated in Montreal. She is a graduate physiotherapist from McGill University. She served as a consultant to Baffin Island for eight years. During her visits to Nunavut she had the opportunity to visit fourteen communities on Baffin Island, formerly part of the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Upon her retirement she pursued her deep interest in Canada’s North through the unique creation of sculptures that reflect aboriginal life. Her background knowledge of movement are portrayed in her work. Through her personal experiences in Canada’s most northern communities she captures the naturalism and dynamic life in the Arctic. She is recognized by Le Métiers d’art du Québec for her distinct aboriginal-inspired sculptures. / 514-733-7238

Selection criteria

  • The artist must reside in Mount Royal.
  • Although the works are not submitted to a selection committee, they should at least be of a semi-professional calibre.
  • The exhibition dates are assigned on a first come, first served basis. However, priority may be given to artists that have never exhibited at the library.
  • There are no restrictions on the types of media that artists may use.
  • The subject of the exhibited works must be appropriate for a public space that is frequented by youngsters.
  • The works must be framed or have a hook or other device that allows them to be securely hung.

Terms and conditions

  • The artist has free use of the Exhibition Hall or the Art Wall for about four weeks. A glass display case is also available.
  • The wall in the Exhibition Hall is white and measures approximately 7.2 m long and 2.7 m high. The Art Wall is located in the heart of the library and consists of a brick wall approximately 6.6 m long and 2.7 m high. The display case located in the library’s foyer measures approximately 1.95 m x 1.2 m x 40 cm.
  • Exhibitors have complete freedom regarding how their exhibition space is used. Artist’s sketchbooks, the artist’s biography, business cards, etc. may be included with the exhibit.
  • The works are generally hung on a Friday morning by library staff according to the exhibitor’s instructions.
  • Artists are free to sell the exhibited works. Should they decide to do so, a description of the works and a price list may accompany the exhibit. All transactions are directly between the artist and the buyer; the library plays no role in the sale and receives no commission or other compensation related to the sale.

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