Art Exhibitions

The Enchanted Library

Paintings by Melissa Goodman

September 6 - October 30, 2023 in the Meeting Room Gallery

Paintings by Melissa Goodman will be on exhibit in the library's Meeting Room Gallery during the months of September and October 2023.


The artist says of her work:

“The Enchanted Library” is a show heavily inspired by fairytales. This show seeks to enchant the viewer and focus on books as a primary object. I’ve always found libraries to be a place of peace and comfort. To me, a library is a safe place where all people are welcome and able to access any kind of literature they desire. A library is a gateway to an infinite number of worlds beyond our own. Each of these pieces were created and selected to be displayed in this show.

“The Enchanted Library” is dedicated to Derrick Hibbard, who passed away in October of 2022. Derrick was a resident of Sudbury and those who knew him knew kindness. It would be easy to describe him as simply a dedicated father, husband, and skilled lawyer. But he was truthfully much more than that. Derrick was someone who cared about those around him, and someone with an intricate and fantastic imagination. Throughout his life Derrick would writenovels and screenplays, creating multiple unique worlds of his own. I have always admired Derrick’s tenacity and skill at all he put his mind to.

The piece “Derrick’s Painting” shows some of his favourite books among some of those he wrote. I will never forget being thirteen and Derrick showing me the BYU library, truly the largest library I had ever seen. As he walked me to
the fantasy section my eyes grew wider and wider. Derrick introduced me to some of my favourite authors, Micheal Crichton, R.A. Salvatore, and many more. I am so grateful to haveknown Derrick and to have had him as an example in my life. Truly I have never known a more tender heart and his memory will continue to live on in those who loved and knew him. I hopeyou enjoy my show, “The Enchanted Library.”


Melissa Goodman is a Massachusetts based oil painter. She focuses mainly on the still life as a subject and is heavily inspired by fairytales, mythology, fantasy, and the Dutch Golden Age. Her work seeks to enhance the magic and beauty of everyday objects, bringing to life the everyday small and simple things that surround us. Melissa studied art at BYU and went on to work with various galleries across the US. Currently her work can be found at Patricia Carega Gallery and Fiddleheads Gallery.


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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.