Joy Laking’s ‘Starry Night at the Library’ will be just one of her pieces of artwork on display at the Colchester East Hants Public Library in Truro for the month of May. Laking is the first artist to have an exhibit at the library since it opened in its current location.

TRURO – An artist from the Bass River area will be the first to have their works displayed at the new library in Truro since it opened three years ago.

The Colchester-East Hants Public Library’s first public art exhibit since opening in the former Old Normal College in 2016 will be “Paintings by Joy Laking.”

“This is something the community really enjoys and it’s another way of us enhancing their visits to the library,” said Tiffany Bartlett, the chief executive officer of the public library.

The exhibits, she said, will go along with the library’s other activities, such as those hosted in its Maker Space.

The exhibit opening will be celebrated with a reception May 2, 6:30-8 p.m., at the library. Opening remarks will begin at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

For more than 45 years, Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking has painted professionally in the province. In previous years, she’s had several solo exhibitions at the former library in Truro, which then travelled to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario.

Laking’s exhibit will run until May 30. She’s painted a large whimsical acrylic of the library in the winter at night, especially for this exhibition. The rest of the selection will be of recent watercolours, oils, and acrylics.

The artist, who has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Halifax Woman of Excellence Award, will be on site for a live painting event, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 11. All are welcome to drop by and watch Laking paint a scene, live at the library. If the weather permits, Laking will be outside the library painting; or on the second floor if inclement weather.

Bartlett said Laking’s exhibit is the first for the new library, and artist exhibits are booked for the remainder of 2019. Applications will be accepted soon for 2020.

The library offers free space for local art and artisan exhibits that reflect the diverse cultural interests of the community. The space enables library visitors to participate in the creative life of their community.

For more information on how to apply, drop by to speak to library staff or visit the library’s website at