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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.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Exhibit, Curator: Chris Chanyasulkit

May 5, 2016-Jun 5, 2016
Main Library, First Floor: Emery and Lobby Cases

The Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the Brookline Asian American Family Network celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month (May) with an exhibit at Brookline's Main Library. Items of significance to Asian American Brookline residents are on display in an effort to recognize the culture and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders within our town. Please visit our display in the Brookline Town Hall lobby. Additionally, please join us in celebrating AAPI month on Wednesday, May 18th in the Brookline Town Hall’s School Committee Room at 6:30 p.m. where we will celebrate our 2016 Asian American student essay and video contest winners and view snippets of Baker School and Brookline High School alum, Michael Tow’s award winning mockumentary, “East of Hollywood.” The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Chris Chanyasulkit at cchanyasulkit{at}brooklinema.gov for more information or questions.

"A.E. in St. Kitts": Mixed media constructions by A.E. Ryan

May 4, 2016-Jun 5, 2016
Main Library, First Floor: Foundation Case


This series of work was done while I was living on the island of St. Kitts as a Fulbright Scholar and Artist-in-Residence with the Ministry of Education of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As a matter of course, my work merges painting and sculpture, narration and abstraction, real and surreal. It features a myriad of found, reclaimed and recycled objects that evoke a sense of history and mirth that ranges from the magical to the mundane.

These are instinctual pieces with rich, dense surfaces. They speak of architecture, time, imaginary environments, the architecture of the mind, and the relationship of one material to another.

Weaving disparate objects into a unified composition is the challenge, the passion, and the appeal.

A Brookline resident and graduate of Tufts U/Museum School (MFA), Mass. College of Art (BFA), and B.U. (BA), A.E. Ryan has been involved in the Boston arts community for over three and a half decades. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007; and has been a fellow at the Blue Mountain Arts Center (N.Y.); Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain; and the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Greece); and is a past recipient of the Blanche E. Colman Foundation grant. The book, Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators (Lisa Cyr) features a chapter on A.E. Ryan’s work. Past solo showings include HallSpace, the Art Complex Museum, Trustman Gallery, Galatea Fine Art and an installation at the DeCordova Museum. She was also a member of Reclamation Artists for 12 years, and the Brookline Arts Commission for 4 years.

For more information, go to: www.aeryan.com.

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.