Athol Public Library Art Exhibition

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Art Exhibit Application Form - Please print the form and return to the Athol Public Library.

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Schedule of Upcoming Shows:

  • We are currently looking for new artists to apply
  • Please call the library before coming in to see an exhibit. Sometimes the conference room is unavailable
  • December and January Dark to Light, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian refugee children


IMG3461Dark to Light, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian refugee children participating in expressive arts therapy is currently on view in the Conference Room at the Athol Public Library.

The works are part of the PTSD trauma support program patients participate in in Amman, Jordan. Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Journey, is an evocative and revealing exhibition of their work.

The Syrian civil war is exacting a heavy toll on an entire generation of its children. Traumatized and displaced, it is this generation, if left unsupported, who will carry with them the debilitating scars of brutality and loss.

These expressive paintings are on loan to us from Syrian refugee children who have crossed the border into neighboring Jordan, where they receive prosthetics, rehabilitation and psychological trauma care.

Expressions of both horror and hope, these images reveal a continuum of recovery reflecting powerful emotions the children feel, but often do not have the words to express. Over the course of the therapeutic process the subject matter slowly shifts its focus from dark to light, death to life.


The Athol Public Library is hosting this exhibit in collaboration with the Polus Center of Petersham. Since 2013 the Polus Center has been working closely with various rehabilitation centers throughout Amman to provide injured Syrian children with mobility devices and rehabilitation services, including artificial limbs, wheelchairs, braces, physical therapy & psychological care.

Training programs have been established that bring highly skilled prosthetists from around the world to train technicians in biomechanics and the fabrication of artificial limbs.

Library Hours: On view during library open hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Closed all Legal Holidays