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

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.

Past exhibits

April 2018
Jorge Cifuentes Rojas
A Colombian-born Chelmsford resident, Mr. Cifuentes works in Boston as a plastics artist and has been a painter for over 60 years. Working mainly with oil on canvas and on wood, he explores various techniques and styles, but returns often to themes inspired by Latin America.


May 2018
Chinese Family Network
Black Cat by Chengyue WangMixed material artwork by children aged 4 to 12 highlight themes of family and growing up. The Chinese Family Network helps to inspire children to understand and appreciate Chinese culture, heritage, and language.


June 2018
Anindita Lal
For the last three years, Anindita Lal has studied madhubani art under the instruction of Sunanda Sahay. Madhubani is a traditional technique developed in Nepal and northeastern India. It uses bright colors and repeating geometric patterns to illustrate the relationship between people and nature, as well as scenes from Hindu scripture.


July 2018
Chelmsford Art Society, 50th Anniversary Show
Orchard Truck by Nan QuintinFor fifty years, the library and the Chelmsford Center for the Arts have hosted 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 21 at 3:00 p.m.


August 2018
Fiona Huang
Moon Flower by Fiona HuangFiona Huang is a talented young artist who is looking forward to sharing her work, along with her story and inspiration with the Chelmsford arts community. Throughout the years, Fiona has won many awards for her artwork in various art events including the annual local July 4th Art Competition, the Halloween Mask Competition held by the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in 2015, the 2016 Lions Peace Poster Contest and the 2018 PCA Westford Regional Art Event. She has also won her school’s 2017 and 2018 “Parker Pride” Poster Contest and her artwork was selected to be Parker Middle School’s 2018 yearbook cover.


September 2018
Human Rights Poster Show
Instant Karma Campaign to Aid Darfur Stephen Lewis returns to the library with his collection of vintage and newer posters depicting the international struggle for human and labor rights. Mr. Lewis is a proud and active member of Service Employees International Union Local 509 and is supported by Laborers Local 1249 and the Asbestos Workers Local 6.
October 2018
Chelmsford Center for the Arts – Artists in Residence Show
CFA Artists in Residence ShowThis month’s art exhibit presents the work of the three Artists in Residence at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Each offers a unique perspective on the world using different techniques and informed by different backgrounds. Come and meet them at a reception on Saturday, October 20 and learn more about their work and their lives.
November 2018
Portugal 41 – Travel Photography with Liz Cardosa
Portugal 41 by Liz CardosaFor years, Lowell-based photographer Liz Cardosa has journeyed around the world, capturing life in motion in different countries to create the kind of images that convey a story. In 2017, at the age of 41 she traveled to country #41 on her list…the mainland of Portugal. Being of Portuguese descent and feeling a special connection to the country and culture, she decided to document this wonderful milestone by capturing “41” images of life in this European gem.

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.



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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