Art Exhibits at the Library
The Library is thrilled to welcome local and regional artists back into our spaces! Please check back here often to find more information as the year progresses!
If you are interested in exhibiting art in the future, please read and fill out the information below.
The Library is proud to now offer four exhibition locations:
- The Lecture Hall Gallery (third floor)
- The Cyr Gallery (previously the Bangor Room, third floor)
- The Stairwell Gallery (new grand staircase)
- The Stairwell Extension Gallery (2nd floor)
December Exhibition: Stairwell Gallery - Rose White: Mixed Media Mosaics
Rose White retired after 30 years as middle school band director at Mattanawcook Junior High School in Lincoln, converted an old clarinet into a table lamp, and then turned her creative mind to the wooden chairs in her kitchen, painting unique designs that made each of them a conversation piece. She discovered mosaic art in Holly Leighton’s adult education class at Mattanawcook Academy in the fall of 2016. She works in mixed media, including stained glass, ceramic tile, jewelry and other found objects. Each musical instrument has its own special theme or color scheme.
Rose grew up in Salem, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. She taught music in Oxford, MA for four years before moving to Maine. She was awarded the Fulbright Teacher Scholarship, with which she traveled and visited schools in Japan in 2004. She is also an avid gardener, tending a growing collection of garden art among her flowers, vegetables, perennials and rocks.
She is in the process of completing a welding course at Northern Penobscot Tech Region III in Lincoln. After this course Rose plans to start creating mixed media garden art.
December Exhibition: Lecture Hall Gallery - Philip Barter: Forever Maine
Opening and author talk: Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 PM
When, in his twenties, Philip Barter (b. 1939) discovered Marsden Hartley, he felt a calling: to further the vision of the great American modernist. This was an ambitious undertaking for a brash, self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, but Barter’s passion for Maine and its fiercely independent people gave his work a unique, unencumbered vision. Barter was prolific, and he spent a half-century painting the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region.
In Philip Barter: Forever Maine, award-winning author Carl Little traces the painter’s life from a formative trip to California in the 1960s; to Downeast Maine where Barter and his wife, Priscilla, made a life immersed in art for themselves and their seven children; to critical acclaim for Barter in the 1990s and his most recent paintings from 2016 and 2017.
By the early 1990s Barter had come into his own. In a review of a Barter retrospective at the Bates College Museum of Art in 1992, Maine Times critic Edgar Allen Beem noted the painter’s progress “toward a more idealized vision of the northern landscape, a vision tempered by the spiritual simplicity of Arthur Dove and the physical simplicity of Milton Avery.” The Farnsworth Museum and Portland Museum of Art acquired Barter’s work. He was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.
This book highlights a choice selection of masterful works that reflect Barter’s increasingly abstract inclinations in depicting Maine landscapes, from the coastal estuaries and blueberry barrens of Washington and Hancock counties to the western mountains and lakes, and north to Hartley’s iconic Mount Katahdin. Barter also explored the world beyond Maine, painting in Spain, Newfoundland,
Greenland, the American Southwest, and elsewhere, employing a palette as bold as his vision of his surroundings. Of his narrative paintings Barter says, “The narratives I paint are historical documents of the characters of Maine and the places they frequent, a roguishly, independent people whom I seek out, and try to be with, and who make this place I know the one-of-a kind place it is—forever Maine.
December Exhibition: Stairwell Extension Gallery
Cheri St. Germain Walton
An artist in all mediums, Cheri draws, make sculptures, folds paper, does origami and tessellations. She's also a writer, and avid reader. She enjoys sewing, cooking, decorating, carpentry, building furniture. She shares her home with dogs, cats, chickens and parakeets. Before retirement, she enjoyed riding getting outdoors by kayaking, riding horses and doing dressage.
Cheri approaches her entire life and everything in it with her whole heart. Her current exhibition was inspired by a recent trip to Oregon. She says this about the trip:
"As is my custom, I fell in love with the place. I took over 850 pictures, sneaking up on people as they went about their business. The landscape was breathtaking, but it was the people that captivated me most. Every day of my three week stay I fell in love with them more as they went about their business, calm and quiet, patient and polite, friendly and generous. I settled on people walking their dogs for my painting project. They seemed to represent everything I saw and felt. The relationship I had with them was superficial almost to the point of non-existence......the kind of relationships so distant that all I saw was good. This is the kind of relationship I find most satisfying. It is uncomplicated and fleeting. It hardly exists at all outside of my own mind."
She said the following about her creative process:
"Painting is all process, no more or less than a child with a coloring book. The doing of it is everything. I work hard and enjoy my struggles. The product is a record of that enjoyment. Looking at it makes me happy. When I am gone, I expect my children to have a wonderful, giant bonfire to send my otherwise endless productivity after me."