The Library Arts Center has re-opened for Gallery of Gifts!

The Library Arts Center Gallery is now open for in-person visits to the Gallery of Gifts Handmade Holiday Boutique.   Find out more about our visitor guidelines to help keep you safe.

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Selections Exhibit 2020:  Winners from the 2019 Juried Regional

SHOW RUNS:  Feb. 1- Mar. 27, Opening Reception Friday, January 31, 5-7pm

2020 Selections Artists (listed alphabetically):
Carol Corliss
Kate Emlen
Robert Frasier
Matthew Greenway
Aaron Kane
Michele Johnsen
Maundy Mitchell
Alan Shulman

Sponsored by:  Sugar River Bank

Jazz Concert: Flat Iron Jazz Quartet

Thursday, March 5th | 7:00-9:00pm  Library Arts Center Gallery  |  Tickets $15 advance/$20 at door.

The group Flat Iron Jazz will present a fabulous evening of jazz music in the gallery as a fundraiser for the Library Arts Center. Coffee & Dessert Bar are included. Open, café-style seating.  Find out more, HERE.

Lights, Camera, Civics! NH Institute for Civics Education Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, Mar. 10th, 6:00pm  presented by the Richards Free Library in the Library Arts Center Gallery

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multi-year statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. ​The screening will be accompanied by panel discussion with Attorney Barbara Parker; Andrea Thorpe, Library Director of the Richards Free Library; and Newport high school student Eliza Bates.

The event is free and open to the public.  You may register for the event.  
All members of the community are welcome. 

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at


Virtual Exhibit: Black and White Exhibit:  A Juried Community Group Show

Black and White Exhibit - Apr. 17 - May 29, 2020April 17 -May 29 |  Online at  Click HERE to view the Exhibit.

In response to the gallery closure due to COVID-19, the Library Arts Center has chosen to take this exhibit online, rather than cancel it, in order to display all of the fabulous artwork that was submitted.  This fully digital juried community exhibit features artwork of all mediums made in black, white and gray. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, mixed media etc. are all represented. The wide array of mediums, styles, and themes are connected  by black and white.

View the digital exhibit online HERE.

Sponsored by:  The Dorr Mill Store and Summercrest: A Senior Living Community

Peeps Diorama DIGITAL Contest 2020

Contest Deadline:  Thursday, April 9th at 4:00pm  –  Online Digital Entries only in 2020!

Peeps Diorama Contest has gone fully DIGITAL in 2020 in response to COVID-19!

Find out more about the Peeps Diorama Contest at the Library Arts Center, and how to enter your very own diorama HERE.


Sunshine Town Social Auction


Tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3rd,  Benefit Auction for the Library Arts Center and Newport Opera House Association, held at the Newport Opera House.  Find out more about the event, and ticket information at the link HERE.  Find out more about our sister arts organization, the Newport Opera House Association HERE.

Virtual Exhibit:  Pastel Society of New Hampshire:  2020 Member Show

June 19 -August 31st |  Online at  Click HERE to view the Exhibit.

The Library Arts Center is pleased to present the annual Members’ Show for the Pastel Society of New Hampshire.  While we are disappointed that we were unable to present this beautiful work in the gallery, as originally planned, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to present the show virtually, as it allows for a further reach for the exhibit to be viewed by members of the region and beyond.  We hope you enjoy viewing these stunning pieces in pastel, and we invite you to cast your vote for “Viewer’s Choice!”

View the digital exhibit online HERE.


Summer Performances for Kids

Thursday Mornings in July  |  Virtual Shows Online!

While in-person performances are CANCELLED this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will still be viewing performances Online from anywhere!   Thursday morning in July.  FREE & Open to all.  Schedule TBA soon.

Arts in the Garden – Garden Tour – CANCELLED


Tour some of the most creative gardens in town.  To add to the inspiration, artists will be at work in the gardens, and musicians will be playing in various gardens throughout the day. 


Apple Pie Crafts Fair – the 47th Annual – CANCELLED


Saturday, Aug. 22nd.  130+ booths of handmade crafts, Apple Pie Sale and Contest, Firemens’ Famous BBQ, Richards Free Library Festival across the street.  Find out all about this treasured crafts fair and community tradition HERE.


Juried Regional Exhibit

August 8-October 16  |  Virtual Exhibit

Deadline for Entry:  Monday, July 13, 11:59pm, artists will receive notification of participation by Tuesday, July 21.  

Interested artists may view more information about the show and view the CALL for ENTRIES HERE.


Gallery of Gifts:  Handmade for the Holidays

November 7 – December 23

Preview Party: catered by the Old Courthouse Restaurant Thursday, November 5th, 5-7pm – by ticket – Tickets $15 per person
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 6th, 5-7pm (open to the public).  Find out more about the event, and information on having your work juried for the 2020 show HERE.