Exhibits at the Library

Current Exhibit

The Woods of Odiorne: Photographs by Effie Malley, May 30 - June 1


We recognize one aspect of the importance of trees in this time of climate change—their role in keeping the natural world in balance by reducing carbon in the atmosphere. At the same time, forests are steadily disappearing, mostly due to our appetite for wood products, including wood as fuel, and our clearing them to make room for planting crops and grazing animals. Climate change also stresses trees and their habitats. We can play a mitigating role, though: we can help by planting the right trees in season as part of an ecosystem. We can tend and water them and help them thrive. We can protect them.

This exhibit of photographs provides no story, no sequential narrative; rather, Effie Malley, the photographer, hopes the group conveys the experience of awe she felt being around these trees she came to know. Trees are important to everyone: as Richard Powers quotes Buddha in his novel, The Overstory, “A tree is a wondrous thing that shelters, feeds, and protects all living things. It even offers shade to the axmen who destroy it.” 

Effie notes that many individuals view trees as sentient beings—capable of sensing or feeling—rather than as commodities to consume. Research has reinforced this view, showing that trees communicate, share resources, and care for one another. She hopes that her photographs give you a sense of this.

Join us May 8 from 6:30-8:30 PM for an Artist's Reception. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration not required. 

About the Photographer
Effie Malley lives in Portsmouth and makes digital photographs in color and black and white. In college, she studied photography at the University of New Hampshire with Richard D. Merritt. Later she worked at the UNH Photo Services Department and at the UNH Art Museum. She is a member of the New Hampshire Center for Photography and is currently working on photographs that tell the story of climate change. Her photographs of trees have been exhibited at 3S Artspace and French Hall in Manchester. She is a climate activist and a member of the City of Portsmouth Sustainability Committee and Portsmouth Climate Action. See more of her photographs on Instagram @EfMalley. 

She wishes to acknowledge the Abenaki and Pennacook Native Peoples whose ancestral homelands she continues to enjoy and photograph.


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.