Art Exhibits

Monthly Art Exhibit

The Library hosts a monthly exhibit in our McCarthy Meeting Room and throughout the main floor. Many exhibits kick off with an opening reception or a program related to the exhibit. To have your work exhibited, please review our Art Exhibition Policy and Art Exhibit Application. Questions about the Art Exhibits should be directed to Jeff Hartman, 978-256-5521 x1109 or

October 2019

Jim Lemkin – Voter Suppression, Then and Now

Jim Lemkin, Voter Registration 1965 In 1965, Jim Lemkin was a volunteer photographer for  the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and traveled the rural roads of Tylertown, Mississippi with a group of northern college students getting the word out that voter suppression had become illegal.  Jim will present a lecture about his experience helping register voters  in 1965 and then explore the consequences of the rollback of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, which unleashed hundreds of new state laws that now suppress voters’ rights.

Presentation: Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.  

November 2019

Ursula Ziegler

Ursula Ziegler, ink drawings 633 Ursula Ziegler is an interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, illustration, sculpture, installation, performance, and public art. For over twenty years, her work has appeared in Germany, Scotland, and here in Massachusetts, evoking storytelling and imagined landscapes.

Reception: Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Past exhibits

December 2018/January 2019

Chelmsford Art Society Holiday Show
Each year dozens of local artists display their work and share it with the community. The Chelmsford Art Society promotes the arts through education, networking, scholarships, and moral support from the members. It is a means for making good friends with common interests that will last for years to come, friends who share and understand the issues of being an artist in today’s world.
Reception, Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m.
The Bauhaus – Presentation by Mary Woodward, Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m


February 2019
Chelmsford Cultural Council Annual Winterfest Photography Contest
Stop in at the Library for this special Sunday event. The Cultural Council will be holding a reception for their annual Photography exhibit. Winners of the Photography Contest will be announced. Live music by the Doublenecks guitar duo – light refreshments will be served. To enter the contest, download this application and submit it with your entry by Saturday, January 26.
Reception, Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.

March 2019
Chelmsford Public Schools K-12 
Youth Art Month logoWe invite you to join us for the annual Chelmsford Public Schools K-12 Exhibit in celebration of Youth Art Month! Enjoy art by our local students in grades K-12. Certificates will also be presented to award winners, and light refreshments will be served at a reception on Thursday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m.


April 2019
Karen Fieldstad

Green Trees by Karen FieldstadKaren Fieldstad has been creating art for over 40 years, currently living in Topsfield and inspired by the landscape of New England. The style is abstract / impressionist with a focus on nature. “Art is a meditation for me, a kind of therapy, a journey to a still mind.” Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.


May 2019
Donna Howard
Donna Howard’s art tells a story. Whether that story lasts a moment in time or an eon, there it is for you to respond to. There it is for you to interpret and make it your own. I think art asks you to cozy up close for a minute and listen. And you will. You’ll listen to the ones that catch your attention. Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.


June 2019
Christine Reale-Strauss
Christine Alice Reale-Strauss was born in Chelmsford and studied photography at Rivier University where she is now an instructor. She is also a skilled baker, master guinea pig wrangler, and an artist to boot. She worked with author Marty Strauss to illustrate his premier children’s book, Chagall: The Recycling Dragon. Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.

July 2019
Chelmsford Art Society Annual Fourth of July Show

The library and the Chelmsford Center for the Arts host the Chelmsford Art Society’s Fourth of July Art Festival. Visit us to see work in many different media on many different subjects and celebrate at a reception with music and refreshments on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m.

August 2019
Sal Patalano – Street Photography

Sal Patalano photography Sal Patalano lives in Nashua, New Hampshire and Dunedin, Florida and he uses his camera to to connect with strangers that he meets both in New England and the South. Each portrait gives him the opportunity to record an impression of an individual’s life, history, and emotions. Meet him to learn more about his work and his journey to bring out the humanity of everyone he captures through his art on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.

September 2019

Ed Ting – Astrophotography

Horsehead Nebula by Ed Ting Ed Ting is a well-known amateur astronomer.  His works have appeared in Sky & Telescope, Night Sky, Skywatch, Amateur Astronomy, Discover, and Popular Mechanics magazines.  His writings have been translated into several languages, and he speaks frequently on the topics of astronomy and astrophotography.
He’ll present a lecture about his work with a chance to ask him questions on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Art Exhibits in 2018

Cultural Council’s Display Case

Cultural Council Display CaseIn addition to the Library’s wall exhibit space, we also have a display case maintained by the Chelmsford Culture Council. Do you have a display you would like to share with the community? Please complete the Cultural Council’s Display Case Application.

The display case was created by James Scarth, a furniture maker from Chelmsford. The case was commissioned by the Chelmsford Cultural Council to be used to display works by artists. The case is 45″ wide and 2 feet deep. The display space inside is 27″ high with an adjustable glass shelf.

Library’s Permanent Exhibits

1976 Bicentennial Quilt

1976 bicentennial quilt
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Children’s Room Mural

childrens room mural
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Stained Glass Panel

stained glass panel
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