Art Exhibits at the Library
The Library is thrilled to welcome local and regional artists into our spaces! Please check back here often as we share upcoming artists and their exhibits.
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)
Lecture Hall: Penobscot Marine Museum
Through Her Lens—Women Photographers of Midcoast Maine, 1885-1925
Visual presentation, Tuesday, August 21
The medium of photography arose in a time of great social change in Europe and the United States, and although women’s social positions at this time would not have included them in its initial development, women were involved in the early popularization and use of the medium. Constance Fox Talbot experimented with photography even as her husband William Fox Talbot was perfecting his process—the calotype, which generated the world’s first photographic negative—before its introduction in 1841. A handful of women began opening daguerreotype studios in Europe and the U.S. as early 1843, and were among the first professionals in this technical field at a time when most women who worked outside the home were employed as domestic servants, schoolteachers, nurses, or laborers in the textile industry.
These photographs, drawn from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s permanent collections and from a generous loan, represent the work of five women photographers, all born in the latter half of the nineteenth century and based between Boothbay and Blue Hill. Some travelled the world with their seafaring fathers or well to do husbands; others never strayed far from their origins. Some were amateurs with varying skills; others transformed their talents into income. This exhibit explores the multitude of ways women mediated—through the lens of the camera—shifting roles in public and domestic life during a time of great social change in Maine and the nation. Women incorporated camera work into their daily lives, as artists, amateurs, preservationists, professionals, and as travelers and explorers, while photography altered the way men, women, and children saw the world, themselves, and each other.
Through Her Lens can be viewed online, complete with the audio commentary. To view this virtual exhibit, click here.
Stairwell and Barbara McDade Galleries: Carol Michaud
"FINDING TRUE NORTH"
Mixed Media Story-telling Workshop
Thursday, July 26th
Please visit our Adult Programs Page for more information.
The stories of the people and places from the Schoodic Peninsula have heavily influenced Carol's artwork. The oil paintings and mixed
media pieces in this show are an example of life as experienced by the artists' hometown memories. The folklore class at the University of Maine coupled with an inheritance of vintage family photographs sparked an idea that has resulted in this body of work. This storytelling format has allowed the artist to depict a time, place and way of life that has vanished. The collection, format and media has grown and changed over the 10 years but the narrative is still the same. The only barrier to making this work has been the discovery of media, materials and how to use them. Design work was influenced through formal instruction at the University of Maine, Venice Art Center and many private and group lessons with professional artists. Carol has taught mixed media storytelling classes over the years and has found teaching to be a valuable tool in learning. The goal of this work is to transport the viewer to a long ago lost time and to help the viewer tap into their own personal stories and history.
Finding True North, oil paintings and mixed media works that focus on stories of life on the coast of Maine. Some pieces are timeless and others include people, places and objects that are now only memories. History is constantly reinventing itself, perhaps this show will remind the viewer of their own special people and places.
Carol builds narrative art characterized by everyday people, places and objects based mostly on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. Stories are harvested from the sea and the community. The process begins long before the brush hits the canvas. She builds a story over time incorporating considerable research and the collection of stories, ephemera and photographs.
"I paint with oils, encaustics and mixed media collage. I focus on light, texture and color to evoke feelings and memories. Plein air oil painting grants me the opportunity to create an atmospheric snapshot. I relish the process of building a story. When I undertake a project I enjoy daily progress to merge the visual and the narrative. I know the piece is complete when my initial response is to the condition of the light and color. When people see my work I'd like for them to be excited to share their feelings about the work and their stories and ideas."
See more of Carol's work on her website by clicking here.
Cyr Gallery: Age(less) Artist
Thursday, July 19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We are a group of 16-20 artists that are mostly senior citizens. We call our group "Age(less) Artist" and range in age from 60's to 80's with a few special younger ones. Some have been painting for years and others fairly new to it. We met at Hammond Street Senior Center over 15 years ago and have developed friendships, social connections and the love of art and painting. We meet year round on Mondays to paint and socialize. We have potluck luncheons, celebrate birthdays and take a trip to Sky Lodge in Jackman once a year. We do art shows when ever we can and love to show our work. We work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed media. We are creative, exploring various techniques.
We even did a quilt for a fund raised that featured painting on fabric. We did various historical building and parks in Brewer. The quilt brought in nearly $3,000.00 which for given to a church to help mend a roof. The generous person that won it gave it to the Brewer Historical Society for a permanent home.
We collectively have exhibited around the area at Eastern Maine Community Collage, Bangor City Hall, Bangor Library, Eastern Maine Development Corp, Solstice for Senior Living, Hammond Street Senior Center, Harmony Hall, and the Edythe Dyer Library in Hampden. Some take part every year in the Belfast Senior College Arts Festival. Many have done individual shows and several have work at the Lighthouse Art Center gallery in Bucksport.
Cyr Gallery: Sharon Murphy
"Exploring Through Photography"
Friday, August 3
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Sharon enjoys taking photographs. This exhibit is a compilation of exhibit over the years. There are flowers, images from foreign lands, and even glimpses of Bangor. Enjoy!
Stairwell and Barbara McDade Galleries:
"Maine's Many Views"
I began drawing at age 5 while going to Bangor schools and have had a lifelong interest in art ever since. I didn't start painting seriously until I was 25, when in 1974, I began studying under the direction of Ed Healy of Bangor, an excellent pastel and portrait artist. I received a solid foundation in drawing, portraiture, as well as working in both pastel and acrylic. Later, I tried my hand at watercolor under the guidance of Connie Henderson. Then from 1984 to 1986, I took technique classes in watercolor from Michael Vermette of Old Town. My favorite subjects to paint include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and nature in general. Being an avid gardener and living in the beautiful state of Maine, provide endless inspiration for painting.
While raising four children I decided to return to school. I attended the University of Maine at Orono and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education in 1990. It was during these years I really explored a vast range of techniques; in printing, doing intaglio etching, lithography, monotypes, and woodcuts, and also began painting with oils and creating sculpture in soapstone, plaster, metal, and plexi-glas. In the past couple years, I've begun experimenting with egg tempera, which is a very old medium and very different to work with.
In 1993, I began a new art program for the Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford, Maine, where my children attended school. I work with grades pre-K through 8 in Milford and grades K through 4 at the Viola Rand School in Bradley, and K through 4 at the Alton School. I love working with children of all ages and find it very stimulating being a part of the school system. I was president of the Old Town Art Society for “many years” and am also a member of the Bangor Art Society.
My summers begin by collecting a dozen or so of my artist friends and renting a house on Monhegan Island to spend a week of painting and critiquing. The rest of the summer I like to paint on location throughout the state as well as my back yard, working mostly in oil and watercolor. I show my work in an art gallery at "Wisteria Floral & Gifts" at 298 Main Street in Old Town.
I've enjoyed expressing myself in my artwork, it gives me great pleasure at times, as well as great pains and anxiety at others! I can see myself continuing as long as I am able. As any artist would tell you, when asked why we do it — it is what we must do!