martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
802.375.6153 •

  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

Open 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesdays or by appointment

Canfield Gallery

The Canfield Gallery

On the lower level of the library, a regular series of exhibitions present educational exhibits, juried art shows and work for sale by area artists, photographers, and artisan handcrafters. Artist talks and opening receptions are also scheduled throughout the month. Please follow us on Facebook for information and updates on events.

March 22 - April 21

Lesley Heathcote: Portraits of Nature

The opening reception is on Thursday, March 22 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Canfield Gallery.

The next show of 2018 presents new and selected works for sale by pastel artist Lesley Heathcote.

Heathcote Great Blue Heron

Heathcote is inspired by a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty and intelligence found in nature. Her original pastels are impeccably detailed and built in soft layers with subtle nuances of color, constructed to depict the textures and feeling of her subjects—all manner of animals found in the farmlands, forests and homes of Vermont.

She is a master nature artist with a wide-ranging oeuvre from wild and domesticated birds to working farm animals and on to well-loved pets. Each work captures the emotional content of its subject, amplifying its beauty and poetry. All are drawn with exceptional artistry and composed both as portraits and as species in their natural habitat. More recently, her work has expanded to include landscape studies of natural habitat in Vermont and New England.

Heathcote’s love of animals and nature was formed at her family’s cabin in Vermont and strengthened through involvement with community gardens while working for professional photographers in New York City. Her artistic approach evolved over the years and exploded when she discovered the medium of pastel, which combines the brilliance and richness of oil painting with fine detail and lush textures. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, studied with master teachers Diane Rath and Robert Carsten and at the Vermont Studio Center. A native of Connecticut, she currently resides in Brattleboro.

Lesley Heathcote’s aim is to help people open their hearts to the magnificence, intelligence and beauty of the natural world. We invite all to come enjoy the view and feel the love.


The Gallery is open during library hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 802-375-6153, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or find us on Facebook. A portion of all artwork sold in the gallery goes to support the community-wide work of the nonprofit Martha Canfield Library.


The ART of Angling
A group exhibition of fine art on the theme of Fly Fishing in North America, juried by Yoshi Akiyama, Design Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, is seeking submissions.

Work in all media will be accepted. All work submitted must be for sale. A 25% selling commission will be donated to the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Artists may submit up to 5 pieces. At least one piece will be accepted from each invited artist. There is no entry fee.

Digital submissions due April 19.
Show will be May 12 – June 23, 2018 in the Canfield Gallery.

Please submit work in digital form via email by April 19 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Dave Van de Water at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-430-4630 with questions.




February 15 to March 15
Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards
Opening Reception: 
February 15 from 5:00-7:30 pm

March 22 to April 21
Lesley Heathcote: Portraits of Nature
Opening Reception:
March 22 from 5:00-7:30 pm

May 12 to June 23
Group Exhibition: The Art of Angling
Opening Reception: TBA

June 30 to August 11
Norman Rockwell and the Arlington Artists
Opening Reception: TBA

New Books

for all ages


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