Exhibits at the Library

Current Exhibit


WINDOWS AND WATER -- Paintings by Susan Bienen Johnson​

​In anticipation of Portsmouth's upcoming 400th Anniversary year, the Portsmouth Public Library will focus attention on our beautiful surroundings, and local artists throughout our 2023 exhibition schedule.

The library is excited to begin this 2023 series with a two-month art exhibit featuring the work of former resident of New Castle and Portsmouth, Susan Bienen Johnson. Her small, intimate paintings include views of the Piscataqua through New Castle windows and glimpses of the bay from windows on Martha's Vineyard.  Susan Bienen Johnson has most graciously shared dozens of perspectives of our surroundings to remind us of the beauty and history of Portsmouth. 

About the Artist

Born and raised in New York City, Susan graduated from the High School of Music and Art, Brandeis University, and studied Interior Design at the Boston Architectural College. A former resident of New Castle and Portsmouth, Susan lives in Brookline and is a frequent visitor to Menemsha.


Please join the artist and library staff for a "Meet the Artist Reception" on Saturday, January 14, 2023, 2-4 pm, in the Levenson Room.  Susan will be on hand to answer questions and discuss her vision and technique. Light refreshments will be available.

About Library Exhibits


Exhibit and display space in the Portsmouth Public Library is used to highlight Library collections, services, and events.

As scheduling permits, the Library also makes available space for groups, organizations, or individuals to exhibit in the library. Space is provided for educational, cultural, civic, or recreational exhibits with the following goals:

  • To broaden horizons by presenting a wide range of art, collections, or displays
  • To support community educational, cultural and artistic activities
  • To nourish intellectual, aesthetic and creative growth

Visiting exhibits are on display for one month, but shorter time periods can be arranged if space permits. To discuss an educational, cultural, civic or recreational exhibit contact Nicole Cloutier at (603) 766-1725 or through our contact form.

You can download the library's exhibit policy here.

You can fill out a display application here or download the application here.