As someone with a love of books, having her art exhibited at a library is very special to Joy Laking.
Her work will make up the first exhibit at the new Truro library.
“Since I was a small child, I have loved libraries and books,” she said. “I am an avid reader and writer. I am just so proud that our library has reinvented itself from a silent institution focused totally on books to a wonderful community space interested in people and all the arts, including books.”
“I had solo shows at the library building over the years so it’s really nice to be the first artist with work in the new one.”
The exhibit will be set up on the Second floor, on the pathway from the stairs to the adult fiction area.
“We had an art railing installed as part of the restoration,” said Tiffany Bartlett, chief executive officer with the Colchester-East Hants Public Library. “We were so busy it took a while to get things started, but we advertised to get exhibits and now we’re booked until the end of the year.
“We’re happy to expose the public to local art and to give artists a chance to connect with the community.”
Laking has painted a piece in acrylics called ‘Skating at the Library at Night’ especially for the show.
“It’s whimsical,” she said. “It’s not my usual style but I do a couple most years and it seemed to suit the new library.
“I just got back from Sri Lanka last week and I’m putting four the painting from there in the library, but the work is predominantly from the Truro area and it’s all recent.”
‘Paintings by Joy Laking’ includes watercolours, acrylics and oils. The exhibit will be in place May 1-30, with an opening taking place Thursday, May 2 from 6:30– 8 p.m. Opening remarks will be at 7 p.m.
Laking will also be at the library to do some painting on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
“I’m hoping it’s a lovely day so I can sit outside and paint, but if it’s pouring I’ll be inside on the second floor,” she said. “People can stop by and ask me questions. I hope to encourage want-to-be painters.”
Later in the year, Rhonda MacLellan, Carol Morrision and the students of Kate Ward will have their work on display. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.lovemylibrary.ca .
To see more of Joy Laking’s art, visit her website at www.joylakinggallery.com.