Art Exhibitions

Arthur F. Davis Exhibition

Etchings by Arthur F. Davis

November 4 - December 29, 2021 in the Meeting Room Gallery

Etchings by Arthur F. Davis will be on exhibit in the library's Meeting Room Gallery during the months of November and December 2021.

In 2017, Richard Nylander donated 87 etchings and ephemera by “Acton’s Artist” Arthur F. Davis to the Acton Memorial Library. The donation was in honor of his parents, Donald and Barbara Nylander. These works were a portion of the materials Davis left at the time of his death in 1953. Davis served as Acton’s librarian from 1904-44.

This treasure trove of exquisite etchings was in need of major cleaning and restoration before they could be put on view. The first step was to evaluate all the works to see which could be restored; those printed on silk were not compatible to any restoration process. With the help of Larry Powers, 25 works were deemed eligible for restoration. The works are now cleaned and fully framed up to museum quality standards which will insure their protection and longevity. 


Former AML director Wanda Null and current Trustee Ann Chang wrote a grant to the CPC for funds to cover the costs of this work.  Additional funds were provided by the Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.

This exhibition was first slated for view on the 130 anniversary of the Library in May of 2020, but was delayed because of Covid. Now the community will get a chance to see another side of Davis through his very fine etchings.


On Sunday, November 14th at 2:30 p.m. there will be a formal opening with remarks about Davis, his life and works by Wanda Null. 

The community is invited; it will also be a chance to see what the CPC funds voted at Town Meeting have accomplished.


Exhibitions are free and handicapped accessible. Exhibitions in the library Meeting Room are available for viewing whenever the library is open and the room is not in use for a meeting. Please check the library Events Calendar for availability.


For information on exhibition opportunities in the Acton Memorial Library Meeting Room Gallery please click HERE.