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Art Exhibits are displayed in the Galleries at Central, located on the lower level of the Central Library. The gallery is open during regular library hours.

The library does not take a commission for any piece that may sell. Buyers are asked to contact the artist directly.

Portraits of Courage: paintings by Carol Folino

Portraits of Courage focuses both on Carol Folino's self-portraits and stories of individuals from a variety of marginalized communities and backgrounds that have defied the odds in the midst of unfathomable experiences. 

Paintings are done in acrylic paint using vibrant colours, realistic portraiture and stylized nature elements.  

By moving beyond her own journey to capture these powerful stories of resilience and bravery, Carol Folino hopes to inspire change. What started out as a way to process her own anxiety turned into a collection of courageous portraits that offer hope, connection, and illustrate the deep well of emotions that is part of the human experience. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she became interested in expressing the plight of others who have demonstrated great courage in the face of adversity. In particular, she was drawn to the stories of healthcare workers and the impact of the pandemic. 

Other portraits reflect a racial reckoning and combine images from both a historical and contemporary context. Others pieces depict the impact that former Canadian residential schools have had on Indigenous communities. More recently, her portraits illustrate the courageous resolve of the Ukrainian people during this devastating Russian-Ukraine war. 

Carol has been a local art and history high school teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. 

Carol Folino Art


Interested in demonstrating your artwork at the library?

See the Artist Program page for more information.