Art Shows at the Quarryville Library

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The Quarryville Library hosts multiple art shows throughout the year in our C.X. Carlson Cultural room. We feature local artists of all ages and media types. Stop by and visit the displays which change every few months, or drop by an art reception and meet the artist! Many pieces are available for purchase. Please visit the library or our website for information on upcoming shows.

Previous Exhibits:

Childrens Art Show

childrens art show!Children ages 6-8 and 9-11 were invited to be part of our newest art show. A reception was held on Saturday, July 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Prizes were awarded for each age group in the following categories:

  • Animals, Pets, Fantasy Creatures
  • Earthscape
  • My Favorite Day

The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours through Friday, August 25.




Open Painting Show

jar of paintbrushesAmateur and professional painters age 16 and older were invited to enter one or two paintings, with an entry fee of $10 per painting. The opening reception was held on Saturday, May 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the C. X. Carlson Gallery at the Quarryville Library. Awards were announced at 3:00 pm.

Cash prizes ($100 first place, $50 second place in each category) were awarded in the following categories:

        • Nature (animals, plants, etc.)
  • Earthscape (land, sea, atmosphere, still life, etc.)
  • Humanity (portraits, people)
  • Abstraction

The exhibit was available for viewing during regular library hours through Tuesday, June 20.


Octorara Art Association

The reception for this show was held on Saturday, November 19th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The exhibit featured multiple artists from the Octorara Art Association, and was available for viewing in the library’s Carlson Room from November 19th through December 17th during library hours.


George Chapman: a retrospective of his art

The reception for this show was held on Saturday, October 15th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The exhibit was available for viewing in the library’s Carlson Room from October 15th through November 5th, during library hours.


Artists Holly Forrest and Catherine J. Herbert

The exhibit ran through March 31, with a reception on Saturday, February 29, from 1 – 3 pm.

Painting of blue butterfly on zinnia.


Holly Forrest is an accomplished watercolor artist from Southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Greatly influenced by the art of Philadelphia, she earned her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design there. Currently, she draws from the abundant beauty and nature of her vibrant home life for her inspiration. She is a featured artist in the Watercolour Addicts Gallery and a part of the International Watercolor Society. Holly and her husband live on a farmstead with their ten children, two dogs, two cats, some sheep, pigs, and chickens.






Painting of trees and a fence covered with snow.Catherine J. Herbert
“The nature of things, how it all intertwines, the wonder of it all. This is what I strive to accomplish with my artwork. When I see a tree I’ve grown up with or look into the eyes of an animal, I want to express it in my artwork. I have always felt close to nature and animals. Horseback riding or walking in the woods accompanied by my dog has given me countless opportunities to study nature in all her glory and develop an appreciation for it. Growing up near the Hudson River, the St. Lawrence River and now living near the Susquehanna River, I am able to witness wonderful sites to express later in my artwork. I think that is why I have always been drawn to the Hudson River School style of painting. Artists like Jenness Cortez and Sam Savitt really inspired me to draw at a young age as well.

“I enjoy a rural life. Growing up on and around farms, I appreciate the antics of farm animals, pets and the smell of new cut hay or rain. These are the things and sites that motivate and inspire me to paint. I sketch, I draw, I study and then I paint with acrylics. I strive to master this. Currently I am a member of the York Art Association, the Lancaster County Art Association and the Harford County Art Association. These organizations have been tremendously helpful and supportive.

“Please check my website, blog, various links and sign up for my newsletter to see my current works and exhibits.”


Open Painting Show

Photo of paintbrushes on a palette.

Amateur and professional painters, age 16 and older, were invited to enter one or two paintings with an entry fee of $10 per painting.

Cash prizes were awarded in the categories of Landscape, Still Life, and Living Things: $100 first place, $50 second place in each category.

Opening reception was Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Awards were announced at 2:00 pm.

The exhibit was available for viewing during regular library hours through Friday, February 21, 2020.



Artist Robert D. Libby

Photo of artist Robert D. Libby with one of his paintings in the background.

Artist Robert D. Libby exhibited his work at the Quarryville Library from November 23, 2019 through January 2020. The public was invited to a reception from 1:00 – 3:00 on Saturday, November 23.

His most recent work explores duality.  Multiple images can be seen at once in a delicate balance between realism and abstraction.  With inviting color schemes and decipherable subject matter, the viewer is drawn in but still left to decide where they are and what they are seeing.  The latest series focuses on the intimacy of the portrait and the moment where time seems to slow down.

Photography is his sketchbook but oil paint is his mode of storytelling. The paintings have a life of their own that exists past the initial photos that inspire them. The handling of the paint shows the motion of the arm as it manipulates the brush. The finished work provokes the viewer to find the balance within duality.

Libby was born in Philadelphia and has lived and worked in Lancaster, and Phoenixville. He now resides in Philadelphia. Libby received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelors of Science in Art Education in 2006 from Millersville University. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011. Currently, Libby serves as lead art instructor at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.