Artist Curated Book Display – Returns!

The Artist Curated Book Display program series returns to the Portsmouth Public Library with an exhibit and display created by local painter, Kate Crowell.

Kate Crowell Painting1
Mother Earth, Father Sky, Children Civilization 48″ x 60.”

Two of Crowell’s paintings will be on display in the main stairwell of the library for the month of January. Also on display will be a curated collection of ten items from the library collection that she has found inspirational at some point in her life. The list includes a couple of books that have been loaned to us by other libraries within the state. To learn more about interlibrary loan click here. To view Crowell’s complete list of books click here.

The ACBD program is an opportunity for artists to share their work with the public and to emphasize how the public library is a resource for creativity.

The ACBD series got a little bit of national attention when it was featured on the Library as Incubator Project blog back in 2013.

The first artist to participate in the series was Roger Goldenbergroger goldenberg

roger goldenberg display

Also to participate in the series was local photographer, Nancy Grace Horton.



Local painter, Rose Umerlik, created an interesting display that included highlighted quotes and images.


Patrick Healey was the most recent artist to participate in the series. Patrick also gave a well-attended artist talk during the month of his display. To listen to a recording of his talk click here.


The series will continue on an irregular basis. To be alerted about future displays, sign up for our online newsletter, or follow us on social media.

Do you have a question or suggestion concerning this series? Leave a comment below or email Jennifer Moore at


Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at



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