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How to Exhibit in the Main Library

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.

Permanent Installation: Jeremy Kindall's "Storyville" at Putterham Branch Library

Jeremy Kindall's sculpture was installed at Putterham in June, 2014, in honor of former Putterham Branch Librarian Barbara Warner.


Ballet on Canvas: Paintings by Marlena Hewitt
• Reception: Sat., Nov. 8: 1-4:30 p.m. (Koltun Ballet Academy filmed performance from 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m. & Ballet Fashion Show from 2-2:30 p.m.)

Nov 6, 2014-Jan 4, 2015
Main Library, the Gallery in Hunneman Hall


Marlena Hewitt is an artist from Europe who has lived and worked in the Boston area for some time. She has earned degrees in painting, business and architecture in Poland and the USA. She has been teaching "Abstract Painting" and "Paint like Picasso" classes at the Brookline Adult & Community Education Program for several years. And she loves creating art workshops for local communities.

Hewitt thinks that art is a powerful tool that should be used to promote other things. She has painted portraits of female college presidents from MIT, Harvard, and MassArt. She has also created many medical illustrations for Harvard and mathematical illustrations for MIT and CMI. Lately she had been working on new body of work capturing the beauty of ballet. She has completed paintings inspired by the Koltun Ballet Academy and Boston Ballet, all on large canvases: 3' by 4' and 2 by 4'.

Cloisonne Enamel Jewelry and Handwoven Chains by Toni Strassler

Nov 6, 2014-Dec 29, 2014
Main Library, First Floor: Emery Case


For over 40 years, Brookline resident Toni Strassler has been perfecting the ancient technique of cloisonné enameling. The enamels—grains of glass colored with metallic oxides—are defined by wires, mixed and layered, fired multiple times, and then polished to produce beautiful effects. Toni also crafts the metal settings for the pieces and hand fabricates woven chains, sometimes combined with semi-precious and precious stones.

Toni first studied jewelry techniques at Kulicke-Stark (now the Jewelry Arts Institute). Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the Forbes Galleries in NYC, North East Enamel Guild on Cape Cod, and the Enamelist Society Conference.

“My background in art history is a rich resource; I am influenced by Asian, Medieval, and Byzantine art. Extensive travel and the opportunity to spend time in the Berkshires inspire my urban scenes and landscapes. I enjoy the meticulous process of shaping the cloisonné wires, experimenting with colored levels of fused enamels which, when polished and set, produce a complex piece of cloisonné jewelry.”

Eli Portman: Ink Stains

Nov 6, 2014-Jan 5, 2015
Main Library, First floor: Lobby & Foundation Cases


“My works' primary features are bright colors and sharp lines. I am fond of landscapes, particularly ones involving urban decay. Many of the images you see here were born from late night walks through grungy neighborhoods with nothing but a camera, loneliness, and a strong sense of wonder. Others are bright daytime scenes, although they still contain a strong feel of seclusion. When I look for things to draw, I am drawn to the things that other people ignore, that you have to go out of your way to see, even if you don't know they're there.

When you look at my artwork, try to imagine the silence that I felt while being in these places. Some of the quietest places in my mind are the loudest in my ears. And the loudest places in my mind are as silent as a graveyard.”

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Art from Binghamton University last spring. Since then Eli moved to Brookline, and has been displaying artwork in various cafes, restaurants, offices, stores. Etc.... He has been commissioned by both corporate and private buyers, and has taught art to children ages 5-14. He currently teaches art at a private school in Newton.

Feel free to check out his website: www.eliportman.weebly.com

First Night Buttons

Dec 1, 2014-Dec 31, 2014
Putterham branch library

Brookline resident Arthur Stolow has on display his festive collection of First Night Buttons, at the Putterham Branch Library through December.