On the Main Level:

Secret Garden is an exhibition by Carly Glovinski within the stacks of the York Public Library. For this project, a number of books whose subject matter largely involve the landscape- both literally (horticulture, gardening, and travel books) and more subjectively (descriptive landscape text found in poetry and fiction) have been recreated as painted objects of the same size. These “painted books” are then placed back in the library shelves. The exhibition, Secret Garden, asks us to see the library itself as a kind of landscape, with these painted book objects planted as seeds to be discovered. The exhibit will run through early November. Please join us for an opening reception and fireside chat at the Library on Wednesday September 13 at 5:00 p.m.


  In the Kennebunk Room:

The “Fishbox Painters”, Rozanna Patane, Pamela Wallis, Heather Parker and Jeanine Means will display their work in the Kennebunk Room at the Library from October 24 – December 31. They are an informal group of local artists so named for the restaurant fishboxes that they use as palettes. Each has her own distinct style working in oil and/or acrylics but all four hope to bring light and life to their paintings through the thoughtful use of shapes and color.

“Fall Woods” Rozanna Patane

In the Display Cases Upstairs:

Our library display cases have become “cabinets of curiosity” for the fall.    As you enter the main reading room at the library, the case on the left is filled with Mexican Day of the Dead figurines and art. In Mexico, November first and second are celebrated as Los Dias de Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” It’s a celebration which honors departed ancestors, friends, and family.  The display case on the right features art and symbolism found in graveyards and cemeteries.  Our own “York Old Burying Ground” with its beautifully carved gravestones depicting symbolic messages of hope and salvation in Colonial New England is included in the display.
Our thanks to Paulette Chernack and Cassandra Davidson of Gravestone Artwear for sharing their interest in these art forms with us.

Stories in Miniature: Seacoast resident Cheryl Frye’s collection of dioramas of nursery rhymes. Cheryl develops these delightful scenes with her grandchildren. Her work has been exhibited in a number of Seacoast Libraries, including Rye and Portsmouth.

Museums of Old York Display Case on the Lower Level:

The musical instruments displayed in this exhibit were all made or used here in York Maine.