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Exhibits & Displays

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Would you like to exhibit your work at the library? Coletti exhibit space
Submit an application for review by our exhibit committee. For more information, check our Exhibit & Display Policy.

Enjoy monthly art exhibits

in the entrance lobby on the first floor of the Main Library, plus permanent and periodic displays of documents, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera in the display cases at the Main Library.

On Exhibit: Awe

Awe, paintings by Donna Haig Friedman

June’s exhibit is paintings by Donna Haig Friedman. A reception with the artist will happen on Saturday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m. The artist had the following to say about her work:

As reflected in my paintings, these words, excerpted from the poem Messenger by Mary Oliver, inspire my ways of seeing the world around me: “…Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished….”
I am learning to be astonished by nature close to home and elsewhere in the world, by the beauty of ordinary treasured objects, plants or flowers in my home and by the inner beauty of people I love. Watercolor and pen is a medium very conducive to transforming these inner feelings into painted images.

In my 20s, I chose a human service career over an art career. I dabbled in painting off and on as a hobby throughout adulthood, dropping this activity completely when I enrolled in graduate school in 1991. Now, after a 25 year hiatus, two years after leaving my more-than-full-time job directing the Center for Social Policy in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I am happy to say that painting has become a very important part of my life.

Are you an artist or do you know someone whose art you think would fit well in the library? Please submit an application to be considered!

Permanent Displays

(Located on the top floor of the Main Library)

F. Wesley Fuller Geological Specimens Collection

Fuller, a Quincy native and granite man, accumulated this collection over a period of many years. It was presented to the library in 1954.

Claflin Mineral Collection

Charles A. Claflin traveled thousands of miles and spent 25 years collecting his minerals. In his collection, he had in mind primarily beauty — beauty of color and beauty of crystallization.


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