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)
We are still seeking artists to exhibit at the exhibition. If you're interested - please contact Candis Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 947-8336 ext. 127.
February Exhibition: Stairwell Gallery
Artist: Robyn Vine
Maine Coast Creations-Woolen Art
It was 2003 when my mother first introduced me to and inspired my love for the fiber arts, and we've enjoyed many hours together learning and practicing our craft. It is a rare occasion when we're together as a family where at least one of us is not working on a new project, whether it be rug-hooking, knitting, or making a Penny rug. Penny rugs began as a way to make use of left-over scraps of wool, turning them into home decorations, but it has developed into one of my favorite forms of fiber art.
The tradition of working with natural fibers has a long history in the state of Maine. The natural fibers of wool make for a soft, warm, peaceful composition. My designs are most often in the form of framed Penny Rugs and rug-hooked landscapes. The blends of wool patterns, with their rich designs and colors, create pictures with depth and texture. I love to explore wool shops around our beautiful state of Maine to find just the right colors and textures for each individual piece.
With the support of my family I have delved into this unique form of art. My daughter, Obrianna Cornelius (a young fine artist located right here in Maine), has encouraged my involvement with the art community and she is the reason I'm currently showing my work here at the Bangor Public Library.
February Exhibition: Cyr Gallery
Artist: Linda Stearns
Meanderings: Eclectic Places For Feet and Mind
silk and Paper
As a silk painter for many years. I have explored color and imagery on the lustrous background of this royal fabric. Recently I have turned to intaglio and pastel painting.
The copper plate etching allows me to explore more themes and timely ideas and the pastel painting offers that brilliance of color that the silk could produce.
Intaglio was unknown to me a couple of years ago and I find the line work and the shading akin to drawing. And as one works through the different “states” to evolve the image, those prior printings often are interesting in and of themselves.
The mechanical quality of the resulting work has a very different feel from the free flow of painting on silk or putting down color on pastel paper. Plus it has the handy ability to be duplicated many times. It is easy to get absorbed in either as you work to realize a vision or capture the memory of a special place.
February Exhibition: Lecture Hall
Threads of our Lives Exhibit
Courtesy the Maine Folklife Center
In 2016, the Maine Folklife Center launched a special exhibit highlighting the diversity of folk fiber arts in Maine entitled “Threads of Our Lives: Maine Folk Fiber Art.” The exhibit was made possible through a National Endowment of the Arts grant the MFC received in 2015. The exhibit features four 3’x7′ free-standing panels: “Wabanaki,” “Settlers,” “New Mainers,” and “Community.” The panels illustrate how Mainers from various backgrounds are carrying on their fiber art traditions.
What Are Folklore, Folklife, and Folk Art? Folklore and folklife are interchangeable terms used to describe informal traditional culture. The oral, material, and customary traditions we learn not from the classroom, but from our folk groups (families, friends, community).
An example I find useful is Thanksgiving. You might say that your Thanksgiving is just a normal American Thanksgiving, but what exactly does that mean to you and how did you learn those expectations? Does it mean there is football on TV or played in the yard, or do you watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, or do you head off to early Black Friday shopping, or start decorating for Christmas? Does it mean everyone brings their signature dish or does one person do all the cooking? Do you have collard greens as a side dish or a salad made with Jell-O? Does the meal start with a prayer or a toast or with everyone saying something they are thankful for? Do you all sit down together at a specific time or eat when you get hungry? Is it extended family, your neighborhood, your nuclear family, or do you have a Friendsgiving? What would make it feel wrong to you?
All of those elements are part of the folklore for the group you have Thanksgiving dinner with and are influenced by your region, background, family, and life experiences. There isn’t an official, institutional guide to how Thanksgiving should be, which makes it informal. It’s traditional because the knowledge and beliefs are passed from person to person, whether that is vertically from generation to generation or horizontally from friend to friend. Folk art then is an art form that has been non-institutionally learned from a neighbor, relative, or someone else in your community and is influenced by your folk group.
Visit the Maine Folklife Center's website for more information.