Kieffer paintings find home at Guelph’s main public library

Guelph, ON, April 16, 2015 – A set of four original oil paintings by Ontario wilderness artist Thomas Kemp Kieffer has found a new home at the Guelph Public Library’s main branch.

Donated to the City of Guelph by the late Guelph resident, Gareth Rees, the large colourful paintings—depicting an intimate view of nature through the four seasons—are now on display on a large wall across from the book returns counter.

“I’m really excited that the Main Library is showcasing this beautiful piece of Canadian art,” says Guelph Public Library CEO, Steven Kraft. “It’s a great example of how partnerships can benefit the community.”

The paintings, part of the City’s Public Art Collection, have been on display at City Hall for a number of years. However, Ella Pauls, the City’s manager of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, explains that the second floor location didn’t offer the best public visibility.

“We wanted to give the paintings a home where they can be viewed and appreciated by the community. The library space, with its relatively high volume of foot traffic, stood out as an ideal location for showcasing the paintings,” says Pauls.

The public can view the paintings and learn more about the late painter and his works during regular business hours at the Guelph Public Library.

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca