"When the [painting] went up, we also had quite a few bookings with children's recitals during the same month," she [Enright the librarian] said. "And so the library, in terms of looking at the policy, had also said that the library retains the right to determine the suitability of any proposed exhibit, and they must be reviewed within a context of the public space and its users."
The library then contacted the arts council and explained their conundrum.
Enright said the programmer spoke with [the artist] Sutherland to explain they would take down the painting when programs with children were being held in the room.
Sutherland was unable to be reached late Thursday.
But in a comment on the website Kingstonist, Sutherland said she is "ticked off" at the library because it keeps covering or removing the piece, particularly if children are in the room where it's being shown.
"I've now provided them with a cloth to cover the painting to lessen the chances they will damage it taking it down and putting it who knows where to sit who knows how long. However, with this kind of behaviour I have little confidence they will actually use it," Sutherland said in her comment under a story about the opening of the art show.On the plus side, at least taxpayers didn't have to pay for it.
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