Special Exhibits: Community Arts and Cultural Works

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Prime Time: Canada’s 23 Prime Ministers as never seen before

Prime Time: Canada’s 23 Prime Ministers fast-forwards the history of Canada through a Pop Art filter, bringing to life in portraits and one-sentence biographies, the different and important times of each Prime Minister during 150 years of Canada.

These 23 Prime Ministers symbolize and celebrate our Canadian history in a way that is easier to remember, and gives a larger audience during the 150th year, an opportunity to find new facts and insights into this welcoming nation we call Canada.

In late 2015, Wynn and Bill Bensen commissioned Julio Ferrer, a Canadian-Cuban artist with Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton, to paint all 23 portraits.

John Boyko of Lakefield College, Ontario, author of a number of books about our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was also commissioned by the Bensens to write the short biographies that accompany each portrait.

It is hoped all will enjoy the exhibition, but in particular, it is hoped this project in honour of Canada at 150, will spark the interest of our young people who will be responsible for leading the next developments in Canada’s history. In the words that Senator Laurier LaPierre spoke so well, “Vive le Canada.”

On June 9, 2017, the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick opened the show at Government House in Fredericton.

The show is in memory and honour of Dr William “Bill” Bensen (Hamilton, 1949–2017), a gifted rheumatologist who cared deeply about his patients, his nurses and staff, colleagues and friends. He was a cherished husband, father and grandfather, and he was also an active collector who enjoyed a wonderful sense of renewal in chasing down the artefacts of history.

Exhibits posters which include bilingual biographies of all 23 Prime Ministers are available for sale at the Central Library Customer Service desk at a cost $5.00 a set. The Bensen family is generously donating all proceeds from the sale of the posters to the Library’s Children’s programming.

To bring your class for a tour of this special glimpse at Canada’s history, please complete the Library Visit Request form.

On display: October 4 - 29. The exhibit can be viewed on the 1st Floor of Central Library in the Living Room area.


Gandhi carrying a baby

Gandhi: Life in Colour

This photo exhibition presents the life and work of the historical figure of Mahatma Gandhi through rare photographs. Gandhi scholars, historians, photo experts and graphic designers joined hands to turn black and white photographs into colour images, thus making them true documents of history.

Mahatma Gandhi worked for India's independence from British rule. A social reformer, he taught the world the eternal values of love, truth and non-violence.

On display: September 23 to October 21, 2017 - The project can be viewed on the 1st Floor of Central Library.

Anecdotes of Mahatma Gandhi's Inner Circle
Sun Oct 22, 2017  
1st Floor Wentworth Room

Join us on the final day of this exhibit for a special presentation by Peter Rühe, who travelled India extensively in the 1980's and 90's, meeting with close associates and relatives of the Mahatma to collect and preserve personal materials and stories.


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