Sianna Richards, DHS Class of 2024, has been selected by the Board of Directors to receive this year’s Helen Bumpus Gallery annual art scholarship. Each year the Gallery awards a $500 grant to a graduating Duxbury senior to encourage continued study in the visual arts. While enrollment in a college degree program is not necessary, the study must be part of a recognized/certified course. Applicants are not required to attend the local high school, but they must be residents of Duxbury.

For additional information about the scholarship and to view a sampling of Sianna’s artwork, please visit

Duxbury Clipper article July 3, 2024
Duxbury Clipper - July 3, 2024

This summer, visitors to Duxbury Free Library are in for a visual treat as soon as they step inside Helen Bumpus Gallery, located opposite the circulation desk on DFL's main floor.  "Real and Imagined" paintings by Tony Andrade, the Gallery's July - August exhibit, features tow distinct bodies of work:  realistic landscapes and abstract, imagined gardens.  The colorful show includes several of the new approaches to painting Andrade has been exploring over the past few years.  Helen Bumpus Gallery offers visitors to Andrade's Duxbury show the opportunity to enjoy that same fun and excitement.  "Real and Imagined" runs through Aug. 30.  

Further details, including a sneak peek at the artwork in the exhibit are available at

Duxbury Clipper article May 15, 2025
Duxbury Clipper - May 15, 2024

Following its widely successful opening reception earlier this month, the first local exhibit of original picture book art by Caldecott Honoree author/illustrator Brian Lies continues to draw visitors of all ages to Helen Bumpus Gallery (HBG), located on the main floor of Duxbury Free Library (DFL). 

"A Community of Characters: Celebrating the Children’s Book Art of Brian Lies" marks the first time original art by Lies can be purchased by the public. The show runs through June 30, 2024.

Artscope Listing May/June 2024

Helen Bumpus Gallery
May 4 - June 30
"A Community of Characters - Celebrating the Children's Book Art of Brian Lies"

Caldecott Honoree author/illustrator Brian Lies debuts his first local exhibit of original picture book art at Helen Bumpus Gallery, located on the main floor of the Duxbury Free Library.  The exhibit marks the first time his art is available for purchase by the public.  In addition to the artwork, the exhibit offers a medley of family-friendly programs: a theme-based scavenger hunt, outdoor storybook walk, and special story times.

On Saturday, May 4th at 10:00am, the exhibit's opening celebration helps kick off Duxbury Community Collaboratives, "Out to See Duxbury," a day of family-friendly activities throughout town. 

From Artscope Magazine

Duxbury Clipper - March 20. 2024

Conant Award honors South Shore quilt artist.  The Helen Bumpus gallery Board of Directors has honored South Shore quilt artist Virginia Hollowy wiht the 2023 Conant Award in special recognition of her exemplary artwork exhibited in the Gallery last winter.  The award, which includes a personalized plaque and $500 honorarium, was established by a donation from Esther Conant in honor of her friend and gallery namesake, Helen Bumpus.

View a list of Conant Award recipients over the past 43 years. 

Duxbury Clipper article February 28, 2024
Duxbury Clipper - February 28, 2024

Helen Bumpus Gallery, Paintings – In “Presence of Light,” artist Elizabeth Slayton’s paintings appear to move from realistic detail to open unbounded space and back again. Her paintings are always about light, Slayton said.  In addition to the large scale, non-traditional, realistic oils Slayton has been painting over the last several years, the Bumpus show includes paintings from a new, more abstract series with expansive and unrestrained new energy, color and depth. The exhibit opens March 1 and runs through the end of April 2024.

Duxbury Clipper article Jan 10, 2024
Duxbury Clipper - January 10, 2024

Helen Bumpus Gallery, Paintings – In the exhibit “Unfolding Time,” South Shore artist  Stephanie Roberts-Camello draws connections  between family mementos and her abstract, 3-D  encaustic paintings.  Roberts-Camello incorporates letters she found from the 1920s through the 1940s written by members of her family, who were cowboys and farmers in West Texas. Once Roberts-Camello incorporated those letters into her paintings,  she began to see them as metaphors for struggles, endurance, and change – a tangible reference to the passing of time. The exhibit runs through the end of February. The gallery is located at Duxbury Free Library.   

Greet Duxbury article Dec 2023

The Helen Bumpus Gallery features fine art by local artists.  

by Judith Montminy, Resident – During your next visit to the Duxbury Free Library on Alden Street, be sure to stop by the colorful space directly across from the circulation desk on the main floor. Here
you will find Helen Bumpus Gallery, where every two months you can enjoy a new exhibit of original work by accomplished Duxbury and other regional artists.

Article featured in Greet Duxbury Magazine - December 2023

Duxbury Clipper - November 1, 2023

Exhibits: Duxbury Free Library – Everyday life takes center stage in Helen Bumpus Gallery's current exhibit, "Stories Told: Oil Paintings by Gail Nathanson."  In addition to paintings of poignant scenes that she draws from ordinary lives, the award-winning South Shore artist shares her heart-warming portraits of adorable farm animals - from playful pigs to contented cows, shy sheep, and regal roosters.  


Photo and article from What Will You Remember? - 9/6/2023

Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury – Simplicity features work by the “Minimalist Focus” group of the Duxbury Camera Club. Graphic and elemental images by Barbara Canney, Judith Laliberte, Judith Montminy, Camille Neville, Randy Otto, Glenn Pollock, Judy Pollock, Rain Rodolph and Myrna Walsh will be on view through October 31st, 2023.