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)

August Exhibitions


Lecture Hall: Penobscot Marine Museum

Through Her Lens—Women Photographers of Midcoast Maine, 1885-1925

Visual presentation, Tuesday, August 21st


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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.

Women photographers include: Ida Crie, Evie Barbour, Joanna Colcord, Ruth Montgomery, and Harriet Hichborn.

Cyr Gallery: Sharon Murphy

"Exploring Through Photography"


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: 

Helena Bosse

"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!

Check out Helena's website or follow her on Facebook @HelenaMagdalenaBosse.

September Exhibitions


Cyr Gallery: Necia Wyman Smith Yates

Opening reception during the September Downtown Friday Artwalk

Friday, September 7

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Cyr gallery

I was born and brought up in a farm house in Chester, Maine.  I went to a one room schoolhouse for my elementary education.  I graduated from Lee Academy and Washington State Teachers College (now U of Me at Machias) with a B.Ed.  I took many art courses at the University of Maine during my 12 years of teaching hoping to turn it into a Masters, but it did not happen.

I have always been very creative doing crafts and ceramics.  An aunt gave me a few lessons in oil painting as a teenager.  Later I took some adult ed. classes in oil painting, watercolor and acrylic. I also took lessons at HSSC for 5 years.  I have painted in oils and watercolor some, but prefer acrylic now.  I especially enjoy painting birds and landscapes. I have taught some classes in acrylic and now teach acrylic painting at Solstice Senior Living and I love seeing the talent grow with those seniors. 

I belong to a group of artist that meet every Monday morning.  It is a way to keep painting, learn from others and enjoy the friendship and social of others.


A few years ago I discovered painting on glass with enamel paints. If it is glass, tile or ceramic, I love painting beautiful designs on it.  Art is a way of relaxing for me and gives me a sense of accomplishment. 

I am blessed with a wonderful family of four children and three stepchildren.  They are supportive of me in all ways as is my husband of 20 years. Between us we have 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  I thank God for the talents he has given me and allowing me to follow my dreams.

My work has been shown at Bangor City Hall, Belfast Senior College, Bangor Library, Edythe Dyer Library , Eastern Maine Community College, some one day shows and the Lighthouse Arts Gallery in Bucksport where my hand painted glass is also sold.

Lecture Hall Gallery: Downeast Artist Guild

"Recent work from the Downeast Artist Guild"

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The Downeast Artist Guild is a group of women who have been painting together since 2010.  They work in a variety of media including pastels, acrylics, watercolor, and oils.  Members of the group include Leslie Bryan,  Barbara Clarke,  Sandy Dolan, Janice Sawtelle Enos, Susan Gaudet, Linda Hunter, Dodi Saucier, Jean Watts, and Victoria Wood.

Stairwell Gallery: Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum

"Vintage Photos from the Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum & Friends of Craig Brook "

Opening reception during the September Downtown Friday Artwalk

Friday, September 7

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Stairwell gallery

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The Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum and the Friends of Craig Brook are now showing a photo exhibit depicting the connections between salmon and the people of Maine at the Bangor Public Library.  The exhibit features historic photos (1914-1950) of Maine rivers, salmon angling, and salmon anglers including a rare set of photo of women anglers.  These photos represent how salmon angling developed first with the use of greenheart and cane rods built by local craftsmen like Fred E. Thomas, Ed Payne, and Hiram Leonard.  Anglers are seen harling, an angling technique in which an angler extended a line and fly on a dangle while an oarsman maneuvered a boat in such a way as to sweep a lure (fly) in the likely path of a bright salmon.  In the early 20th century, sport fishing for salmon typically occurred from rowing canoes, called peapods, many of which were built by Karl Anderson of Brewer, Maine. 

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As the photos demonstrate, harling was a very effective technique, particularly on the Penobscot.  Photos in the exhibit from the mid-1920’s and earlier depict hefty salmon caught in this way.  Later in the century anglers more commonly fished from shoreline.  The exhibit includes photos of three successful women anglers: Mina Phinney, Beatrice Wilder, and Jean Sears all with salmon caught on the Dennys River.

In uncovering historic photos we are able to trace the conduct of salmon angling, the people who participated, and the materials they used.  The peapods, rods, reels, and other materials they used speak of the times and skill of local craftsmen, and just as well trace the development of angling for salmon.  

The Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum and the Friends of Craig Brook are dedicated to recording and preserving the rich history and traditions of Atlantic salmon angling in Maine, and to promoting the conservation of Maine salmon rivers.  Please visit our Facebook page, and website, and support our work by becoming a member. 


For details on our activities, to donate items (especially photos of Maine salmon rivers and angling pre 1950), or to schedule a showing of our exhibits please contact: Robert Milardo, Exhibits Co-ordinator,, (207) 234-2532.  

You can also follow the museum on Facebook @MASMuseum.

The exhibit is sponsored with a generous grant from the Maine Council-Atlantic Salmon Federation. Our thanks to Ed Baum, Tom Hennessey, and Bill Robinson for permission to use photos digitally restored by Claude Westfall.

Barbara McDade Gallery: Dale Joyce

Fine Art Photography

Opening reception during the September Downtown Friday Artwalk

Friday, September 7

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Second Floor Bleacher Area

     Dale Joyce is a fine art photographer residing in Maine.  His love of coastal Maine and photography both originated while spending summers on Swan’s Island with his grandparents.  Enamored with the primal beauty of the landscape, classic architecture, genuine sense of community and hardworking spirit of the people, Dale chose to move there permanently, opening Harbor View Studio in 2017.

     His first forays into photography were with the Kodak 35mm Pony camera his grandmother originally bought for a trip to Europe.  Through his teen years he developed a keen eye for how the interplay of light and shadow can make a good photograph great.  He works primarily in digital, but much prefers the art of developing his own film from medium and large format cameras.  Dale is also a proponent of alternative “old school” developing techniques and is teaching himself carbon printing and salt printing using sea water.

     Dale spends time maintaining his Swan’s Island house built in 1864 that now also serves as a gallery open to the public.  He shares his home with his girlfriend/business partner, their three lovely children and one tiny dog.  He hopes to pass along his love of Maine through hiking, boating and fishing and maybe even encouraging a budding photographer.

     At Harbor View Studio, we believe photography should capture the true beauty of nature, not a contrived version of it. We perform only minimal editing and corrections. What you see in the final print is very much what we saw behind the lens.

    We also believe art is an investment. By doing our own printing, matting and framing, we can ensure the use of only the finest papers and archival quality materials, so you can enjoy your artwork for a lifetime!

Visit Dale's website or follow him on Facebook @harborviewstudio

October Exhibitions

Lecture Hall and Cyr Galleries:  AMICUS

Opening reception

October 4

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lecture Hall

"The Nature of Fun" is the title of this exhibit.  AMICUS artists have interpreted this theme in many ways.  Some works are adventurous, unique, expressive, and just plain fun.  

AMICUS is a day program for adults with disabilities.  We provide unique and individualized programming to promote self-expression and community inclusion.