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Upcoming Exhibits

Find Your Park in Brookline and Across the Nation

Curated by staff from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Sites

July 22 – August 30, 2016
Main Library, First Floor: Emery and Lobby Cases


For the National Park Service’s (NPS) 100th anniversary in August, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Sites in Brookline further NPS’s mission of preserving your country’s natural, cultural, and historic resources.  This exhibit showcases these two site’s strong connections to the larger US national park system.  On a map included with the exhibit, you can find the National Park Service units with connections to the Kennedy and Olmsted sites.

There is also a book truck with Kennedy and Olmsted brochures for the taking as well as books to check out about Kennedy, Olmsted, and our national park system.

Brookline Public Schools, Grades K-7, “The Summer Show”


July – August 2016
Main Library, Second Floor: The Gallery in Hunneman Hall


The Brookline Visual Arts Department presents “The Summer Show,” a selection of K-7 student artwork created during the 2015-2016 school year in Brookline’s eight public elementary schools. It is on view in Hunneman Hall at Main until the end of August. There are more than 200 creations from 11 classes!

K Driscoll: Hearts inspired by Jim Dine

K Driscoll: Turtles

K Pierce: Painted Self Portraits

1st Devotion: Feeling Faces

1st Pierce: Feeling Faces

2nd Baker: Monster collages (inspired by the book: If you’re a monster and you know it)

4th Heath: Collages

4th Runkle: Imagination, Memory, Observation

5th Baker: Super Heroes

6th Lawrence: Pencil drawings

7th Devotion: Perspective drawings

Special thanks to all the participating art teachers and their students; Alicia Mitchell, Art Curriculum coordinator, Brookline Public Schools; Emily Manning-Mingle, art teacher, who designed the exhibit poster; and Joanne Shaughnessy and Julie Falsioni who installed the show.

Artifacts and works of art from Greenland and the Canadian and Russian Arctic

From the collection of Bill Gasperini

July 27 – August 31, 2016
Main Library, First Floor: Foundation Case


Most people think of Greenland as the huge expanse of snow and ice they see from jets which make their way flying across the world’s largest island between the U.S. and Europe.  But this fascinating place is in fact home to around 56,000 people, who live mostly along the southwestern coast in small villages that cling to the rugged rocky shoreline.

Historically the people of Greenland have made a living by hunting seals and other animals which also inhabit this far northern place.  While many Americans think Alaska is “the Arctic”, in fact most of that state is sub-Arctic, located far below the Arctic Circle.  By contrast, 2/3 of Greenland lies ABOVE the Arctic Circle.

This exhibit contains artifacts and works of art which I have collected on various trips to Greenland, as well as to Nunavut in the adjacent Canadian Arctic.  The sled in this display case comes from the nomadic reindeer herders in NW Siberia in the Russian Arctic, a nod to the fact that most Arctic peoples are linked together in their ways of life by eking out a living in one of the harshest environments on earth.  They also share linguistic and historical ties in a vast area around the “top of the world”.

My hope is to bring some context of this region to people in Brookline, Boston and beyond.

If you have any questions or comments please write me at: billgasperini@hotmail.com Enjoy the display!

The Outside: An Introspective

Paintings and Photographs by Sally Whelan

September 7 – November 2, 2016


Opening Reception: Thurs, September 15: 5:30-8:00pm

Viewings: Thurs, September 29: 5:30-8:00pm & Sat, October 22: 1:30-4:00pm


Main Library, Second Floor: The Gallery in Hunneman Hall


Sally Whelan is primarily a landscape painter working in pen and ink, watercolor and oil. This exhibit will feature landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard, the Marche region of Italy, and County Waterford in Ireland, drawing upon different eras in the painter’s life.  Other landscapes are imaginary, as those derived from childhood, as well as an extensive series of circuses and fairs.  These works dissolve the line between the figurative and the abstract, the real and the imagined.  In recent years, Whelan also embarked on an unexpected foray into photography, and the show will highlight a series of large scale photographs (3 feet by 3 feet).

Whelan trained privately over ten years with Boston’s preeminent painter and teacher Albert Alcalay.  She was a teaching assistant at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts to Alcalay and New York based painter Harvey Quaytman, in courses on visual design, the art of color, and painting.

She has exhibited in a variety of solo, two-person, and group shows on Martha’s Vineyard, and in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline.  Her work is held in private collections across the United States, at the Cambridge Public Library, and Community Connections in Washington, D.C.

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 Brookline Village Library, the Coolidge Corner Library or the Putterham Library.

Brookline Village 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.

Teen Room:

  • Near the entrance to the Teen Comics & Graphic Novel hallway

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, check our events calendar. If the track lights are off when you arrive, the (labelled) switches are just inside the door to your right.