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 from Town of Mount Royal are invited to exhibit their work on the art wall, in the exhibition hall, and in the glass cabinet of the library. It should be noted that the average waiting period for an exhibit space is approximately three years.

Under the spotlight

In the Library’s Exhibition Hall from June 14 to July 10: Roula Baho

No story can end taking you back to where the world’s story began. This is a tribute to Syria, land of civilisation and religion.
Roula Baho is a Syrian artist immersed in the Canadian landscape.
Through the greyish skies of Montreal comes the Syrian sun, from the old civilisation comes an understanding of modernity, which makes for a beautiful mixture in art.
Searching for a lost world, the artist’s identity is a mix of Armenian-Syrian and Assyrian. 
She studied art at Aleppo’s Saryan Academy under the supervision of talented teacher Herazdan Tokmajian, passing through the classical notions of European and eastern schools, especially Russian.
After obtaining a masters of law in France, she immigrated to a new land, Canada, which added more experience and new horizons to her art. She began working with Nadine Bourgois in live model drawing and had a solo show titled “L’Homme.” She then studied water colour technique with Vladimir Midvichi.

The works in this exhibition are in watercolor and charcoal.
Each of Roula Baho’s works represents an adventure, a life story, a glimpse of the history of a long lost country. She draws inspiration from her memories of her childhood in Syria and from her many travels and personal experiences.

On the library’s Art Wall from June 15 to July 20, 2019: Jocelyne Koss, "Coup de coeur" solo exhibition

"Over the years, I have developed a passion for the visual arts, in particular water colour, and I have focused intently on them since taking my retirement. Set up in a corner of my apartment, I devote several hours of my free time to water colour and drawing. The way colours form on a wet surface fascinates me.

To initiate myself into this art and develop a certain talent, I first took drawing and water colour courses at the Town of Mount Royal Recreation Centre under the tutelage of Don Kerr, Jocelyne Lambert and Nadine Bourgeois. Since 2016, I have been learning and creating under the guidance of Vladimir Midvichi.  I thank him for the techniques and knowledge he so generously shares and for his unflagging dedication.
 
These courses, which I attend two or three times a week, provide stimulation, expand my knowledge, increase my output and push me to take chances. The artists I work alongside are now friends. The conversations, encouragement and team spirit provide me with much appreciated support."

"I will be at the library on Sundays from 14:00 to 15:00 and Thursdays from 19:00 to 20:00.

If you are interested in one of my works, please let me know by emailing a message to artistabizz@gmail.com"


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