Art in the Library

Art in the Library

Explore art and learn more about local artists at your library.

The library hosts art exhibits by local artists of all ages. Exhibits are available to view during library open hours and may include themed activities, artist receptions, music, and demonstrations. Visit the library to view our current exhibits and explore descriptions of current and upcoming exhibits below.

September and October 2023

Artist Spotlight: Mary Reed | Café Gallery

Explore the stunning mixed media and photographs of local artist Mary Reed!
I am re-igniting my folk arts roots. I am a wheat weaver and hair braider with a safety and environmentally conscious bend. I typically work in mixed media.
Sometimes I lead the observer to a moment of joint attention. This means everyone can experience that moment that I have captured (usually through photography) though the reactions are not likely the same.
My artworks vacillate from whimsical to concrete. Sometimes I present an issue or problem that I hope will make people pause and think about a topic that impacts humanity. My goal is for patrons who experience pieces representing social awareness, environmental or safety conscious work become curious enough to take action through word or deed.
Most importantly, I want all communities enjoy and have fun with any integration of art.
Learn more about Mary through her website:


Fleeting Moments: A Retrospective Exhibition of Pastel Paintings by Patrick Thomas | Atrium Gallery

“Fleeting Moments” is a retrospective exhibition of pastel art by artist Patrick Thomas. The fusion of two unlikely bedfellows, a Medical Technologist/Microbiologist and a Pastel Artist, resulted in who is known as Patrick Thomas. His artistic inclinations manifested themselves very early in his life, though dormant during his formal paramedical education. Although known as a representational pastel landscape artist, his repertoire includes ancillary subjects: flowers, beach scenes, dunes, lighthouses, barns, some wildlife, a few human figures and still lifes. Because he was an art student himself, he developed a sensitivity to his students as the instructor in his own workshops and classes. He was a Charter Member of the Kalamazoo Area Pastel Society and was inducted into the Pastel Society of America. Everyone is invited to attend a special Afternoon with the Arts event featuring Patrick Thomas on Sunday, September 10th.


Purchasing Local Art

Some of the art displayed in our art exhibits is available for purchase. You can inquire about pricing or artist contact information at the Information Desk on the main level. The library does not handle the sale of artworks. Interested parties must contact the artist directly. Artwork displayed at the library for an exhibit must remain at the library for the duration of the contracted exhibit.


Are You a Local Artist?

We are currently accepting applications to exhibit art in 2024! If you are interested in showing your work at the library, please fill out the form below. We will notify applicants of our decisions in the coming months. Thank you for your interest!