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Interested in exhibiting your work at the Public Library of Brookline? Review our Art Exhibition Policy and read about the specifics of exhibiting at the Main Library, the Coolidge Corner branch or the Putterham branch.

Main Library (361 Washington St., Brookline) Exhibit Areas

First floor:

  • Foundation Case — located in the west entrance foyer near School St.
  • Emery & Lobby Cases — in the main lobby across from the new nonfiction books.
  • Brookline 300th Display Case — in the Reference Room

Children's Room:

  • at the entrance
  • across from the Circulation Desk
  • all around the room.

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall — located on the second floor

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall is open up to 30 minutes before closing as long as the hall is not is use. For scheduled programs and events, click on Calendar in the upper right-hand corner of our web page at brooklinelibrary.org. If the track lights are off when you arrive, the (labelled) switches are just inside the door to your right.

Moughal & Nizam Art by Noureen Sultana

Apr 28, 2016-Jun 16, 2016
Main Library, Second Floor: The Gallery in Hunneman Hall


Noureen Sultana uses her diverse background as inspiration to combine different mediums to create her artwork. Just a few of the materials used are: homemade henna, ceramic paint, and watercolor. Her art is a mixed use of varied cultures, patterns, and motifs borrowed from her native India, Pakistan, and Iran in such a way that they are sometimes reminiscent of American folk art to beautiful, delicate abstract floral compositions. She created 14 unique paintings for this exhibit.

Her degrees are in Civil Draftsmanship and Architecture, and Fashion Design from the Indo British Academy in 1990. She also learned various arts from family members that were passed down from generation to generation including: watercolor painting, emboss painting, nib painting, and glass painting; all types of stitching; and Henna (Mehndi).

She has received 7 Gold Medals from All India Industrial Exhibition in various categories such as Henna (Mehndi), embroidery, watercolor painting, oil painting, and fabric painting.

She was born and raised in the Hyderabad (City of Pearls), home to India’s leading artists and poets. She earned her fame in New England in the fine art of Mehndi (Henna). She has taken her expertise in hand painting to the next level by making paintings inspired by Persian and Indian motifs.

Artistic Inspiration

Mehndi is the application of Henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India and Pakistan as well as other countries. Mehndi decoration became fashionable in the west in the late 1990’s. Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India.

Intricate patterns of Mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. Because of this intricate work brides from all over New England, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, and Chicago, among other locations have hired her to do their bridal Mehndi.

Henna paintings are created by using Mehndi (Henna) and essential oils that Noureen custom mixes herself. She uses varnish to protect the Mehndi from falling off the painting as it dries. She has created paintings using Persian motifs. Persia (Iran) has an ancient tradition of its own designs. These special and unique patterns are used, among others, in Persian carpets, and rug designs, and traditional Persian attire.

She has used a variety of patterns such as Paisley Pattern, Turkman Pattern, Allover Pattern, Tree Pattern, Spiral Pattern, Stones and Peacock Patterns.

For more information about the artist, go to: www.noureendesign.com.

Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline

Jun 8, 2016-Jul 15, 2016
Main Library, First Floor: Emery, Foundation, and Lobby Cases

The current exhibit in the first floor exhibit cases at the Main Library illustrates the growth of a remarkable community-built and community-focused project—Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline. This initiative that brings together organizations, businesses, service-providers, individual citizens, and women with limited income, creates opportunities for learning, leadership, and community-building among women and girls in Brookline. Check out the history and growth of this work, as well as a photographic display and participant comments about our activities—from community of women dinners, our Brookline Thrive Guide, a video-making group, a community garden, women’s and girls’ arts programs, community safety posters, and more. There is also a display of some of the actual artwork created by the women.

For more information or to get involved, check our webpage, or view our interview on Lifestyle by Design. Thriving is a program of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, funded by the Brookline Community Foundation and many other local organizations, businesses, churches, and individual donors.