Central Library - Drop Return Out of Order
The automated return slot is out of order from June 2-8 due to maintenance. Please return your library materials to the 1st Floor or Jackson Square Lobby dropboxes or the York Boulevard exterior drop. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Saltfleet Branch Accessible Door Out of Order
There is currently no access to the accessible door at Saltfleet Branch. We’re working to fix it and will post updates on hpl.ca. Thank you for your patience.
Turner Park Library JAWS Accessible Computer - Printing Unavailable
JAWS Accessible Computer at the Turner Park Branch is temporarily unable to print.
The estimated time of disruption is unknown.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Stoney Creek Branch - Delayed Opening
Due to Staff training, the Stoney Creek Branch will have a delayed opening of 10am on Friday, June 9. You may visit the Saltfleet Branch as the next nearest location for your library needs.
Dundas Elevator Out of Order
The Dundas Branch elevator is unavailable. The anticipated length of the disruption is unknown. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Central Gallery: April – June 2023
BLUE SKIES OVER HAMILTON (2023)
BLUE SKIES OVER HAMILTON is an ongoing series of paintings that showcase industrial portraits seen throughout the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Under a bright blue sky, these paintings are meant to act as a single snapshot or moment of Hamilton as it stands today. Being a fairly new resident to the city, Schmidt was taken in by Hamilton's unique industrialized charm, which became the basis for this series. These works intend to bring focus to the raw beauty within Hamilton's working class industries and independently-owned businesses.
Andy Schmidt is a Canadian multidisciplenary artist whose work centres on nature, memory, and the urban landscape.
Being a self-taught painter from an early age, Schmidt's work aims to evoke feelings of serenity, stillness, and familiarity. While completing his BFA in Photography Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University in 2013, Schmidt began painting and showcasing his work more frequently, leading to exhibitions and collections both locally and internationally. Outside of his personal work, Schmidt strongly believes in working with local charities and volunteers his time teaching children living in family shelters how to paint through initiatives such as Scribble Me Silly. After leaving Toronto in 2020, Schmidt and his family now live in Hamilton, Ontario, where he continues to explore the city and further develop his ongoing series of paintings Blue Skies Over Hamilton.