Did you know there is a dedicated, permanent gallery space for local artists at the Main Library now? Beginning April 2019, the Curt Bessette Art Gallery opened its doors to local artists in the Northern Kentucky community. The Main Library is located at 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005. The gallery is located on the first floor, behind the service desk. It is open during normal library hours.
The namesake of the gallery, Curt Bessette, was a quiet child who spent many hours drawing and creating art of the people and scenes around him. As time passed his interest in art and talent for various artistic styles only grew until he became known by his peers as the Artist. Mr. Bessette also served on the Boone County Public Library Board of Trustees from July 2016 to February 2017.
There are three different areas in the gallery space. Several photos and paintings by local artists or of local interests are permanently displayed on several of the exterior walls. One entire wall is our community wall. This allows artists of all different levels to display several of their works. Anywhere from 2-4 artists may be on display at a time. Community wall slots are assigned on first come, first serve basis. The center walls feature one artist or an arts group at a time.
The Library is a public space and welcomes different types of art. We do ask that everything in the gallery is family friendly since parents with young children may visit the space. At this time, any art that is displayed must also be able to be hung on a hook. If you or someone you know is interested in displaying work at the Main Library, please visit https://www.bcpl.org/about/art-gallery/. More information on exhibit guidelines, exhibit request forms, upcoming shows, and a biography of Curt Bessette are included on this site. Join us for this new artistic opportunity at the Library!