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, from October 5 to October 31: France Desgroseilliers

The horizon underlines infinity (Victor Hugo).

“The horizon is an element of our own perspective. It is not reality…

Horizons is the title of my latest exhibition, which is due to run from October 5 to October 31, 2018. My last opening was held at the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library in March 2016. I also participated in three other openings with a group of artists exploring abstract painting.

In parallel to my career as a nursing instructor, I developed an interest in art history and painting. In 2000, I registered to study plastic arts at UQAM by way of introduction to drawing, sculpture and painting. I was fascinated by colours, and my interest in acrylic painting quickly became more and more established. In 2005, I explored many avenues of abstract painting at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount. During my time there, I discovered a freedom of expression that suits me perfectly. As a fan of hiking and travelling, my paintings reflect natural subjects and inspire me to push my creative boundaries.

Using gestural painting techniques involving brushes and spatulas, I like to accentuate colours and strive to create harmony and balance. I define spatial elements using lines, thus creating a universe of shapes and colours. I also explore various materials and techniques that allow me to express emotions and images relating to my own life experiences.

The opening will take place on Wednesday, October 17 from 17:00 to 20:30. I am available by appointment.” - France Desgroseilliers



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.

Reginald J. P. Dawson Library