At the Library, we recognize the value of local artists to the community. To support local artists and art organizations, we provide free display space that allows our visitors to view and engage in the creative life of our community.
Exhibit spaces are located at our Main Branch:
- The Rotary Room is used to display multimedia exhibits.
- Two locked glass display cases in the Foyer are suitable for three-dimensional art including jewelry, pottery, sculpture and fabric art. Both cases feature lighting and adjustable shelves.
Currently on Display
Rotary Room – Three of a Kind Exhibit
Nesrin Blair - An Istanbul-born and Whitby-based artist, Nesrin studied with Flo Bowman at the Cedar Brook Art Centre in the 70’s and owned a Scarborough Gallery in the 80’s. She now paints and exhibits with local galleries and art clubs. Nesrin has been an exhibiting artist and jewelry maker most of her life. She currently works with acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. Expressing herself through her expressionistic style painting, Nesrin likes using bright colors and loosened strokes to portray beautiful scenes. She one of the nine local artists who were commissioned by Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell to pint the famous Whitby Lighthouse. Her painting has been on display at the Whitby Town Hall since 2016.
Charles Burke - Born in Bancroft's rustic landscape and in the presence of David Milne, Charles was interested in art from an early age. He spent much time studying art on his own and has taken lessons in classical painting in Atelier Pauline Bradshaw and Impressionism with Lois Griffel at the Cape Cod School of Art. He enjoys painting on location and will be doing that in Southern Tuscany in September.
Rola Jaber - Rola is a visual artist who has been shaped by the colors, textures and the culture of the Middle East. She held a career as an art teacher and a freelance graphic designer. Rola has worked with media such as oils, acrylics and pastels to develop her abstract artistic expression. She also enjoyed creating abstract sculptures which were inspired by the beauty of nature. Her recent group exhibitions were: Whitby Public Library solo show2017, Ontario Power Generation solo show2017 , Station Gallery Members Juried art show, Sunny Brook Art Show, Mclean Community Centre Juried Art Show (won Best Pastel in the show), Amsterdam Brewery Art Show.
Three of a Kind Art Exhibition - Reception
by Nesrin Blair, Charles Burke and Rola Jaber
Sunday, June 18
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Branch, Rotary Room
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome
Large Display Case – St. Andrew’s Community Garden
Founded in 2010, St. Andrew’s Community Garden is a 5000 square foot oasis in the heart of downtown Ajax. It is easily accessible by public transit, and is in the heart of the most densely populated area of town off of Exeter Road, behind the St. Andrew’s Community Centre. The founding of St. Andrew’s provides food security options for those who may not otherwise have the ability to grow their own, such as the residents in the nearby high-rises or red brick low-rises.
With an astounding 82 plots, two of which are dedicated to Food Bank donations, St. Andrew’s Community Garden is an example of community gardening at its finest. There are raised beds for those with mobility issues, and half plots for those whose produce needs may be lower than others.
A partnership between the Town of Ajax & the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) resulted in the planting of two large pollinator berms adjacent to the garden, and a solo bee hotel, in order to provide safe spaces for our flying friends. A public access orchard, with native blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry & elderberry bushes was planted, accompanied by native apple & cherry trees.
For more information about the garden, membership and volunteer opportunities and to inquire about plot availability, please contact us at email@example.com.