December/January Art

fitzroy alexander by mark chester photograph“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans” by Mark Chester
December 5 – January 2019
Sohier Room, Main Library

This month the main library welcomes an exhibit by photographer Mark Chester. This exhibit of inspirational portraits offers a moving display of newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth. Copies of Mark Chester’s book, The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape—Photographs of New Americans, will be distributed to Massachusetts schools, libraries, and community organizations supporting the mission of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others. For more information visit The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Call for Artists

rainbow paint brushes on blank canvasThank you for your interest in exhibiting! We have been overwhelmed by responses from talented artists and have booked 2019-2020. Please check back in a year because we will be booking for 2021 and beyond.

Are you an artist looking for free public display space, or do you know someone who is? Exhibits run for one month in the library’s Sohier Room. The space is best suited to two-dimensional works. Artists may exhibit individually, or with another artist or group. Please read the library’s Art Exhibit Policy.

September Art: ART4ALS

art4alsposter2Paula Borsetti ART4ALSSeptember Art: “ART4ALS” by Paula Borsetti
September 5 – 29
Sohier Room, Main Library

This month, the main library welcomes an art exhibit by Beverly resident Paula Borsetti and her sister Jane Bates. Paula has taught art at Beverly High School for the past 24 years and her work can be found in local exhibits and private collections. Her latest body of work incorporates letters, drawings and inspiration from work by her late father. These “duets” are a shared journey. Other inspiration comes from the natural landscape of the North Shore and Maine as well as a love for experimenting with materials. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

She is also exhibiting at TD Bank. Proceeds from the exhibits will be donated to A Cure for Forster to help defray Beverly native Bobby Forster’s medical expenses as he battles ALS. Contact Paula Borsetti at