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 five exhibition locations:

  • The Minksy Lecture Hall Gallery (3rd floor)

  • The Cyr Gallery (3rd floor)

  • The Stairwell Gallery (staircase 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors)

  • The Barbara McDade Gallery (2nd floor)

  • The Teen Study Rooms (3rd floor)


April - May Art Exhibits


Stairwell and Teen Study Room Galleries:

Nicholas Anderson

“Planet Ripple- Characters/Special Scenes”

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This artist's work is for sale.  Please visit the gallery or reference desk for more information.

Local artist and author, Nicholas Anderson, will present the latest volume in his "Planet Ripple" series.  Nicholas will discuss his process of developing characters and creating the art that brings them to life.  Nicholas will also discuss being an author and artist with autism.

For more information about Nicholas and Planet Ripple, visit the website.

You can also follow Nicholas on Facebook @PlanetRipple and on Instagram @planet_ripple-hq.

"My name is Nicholas Anderson. I have been writing and illustrating stories since very young, and Planet Ripple is the first I've officially published. Planet Ripple is a project I've been working on for several years, and I drew and wrote everything attached to the name. I am also autistic. Most people may not know that I have autism now unless it was explicitly pointed out to them, but when I was a child it was pretty evident and intense. 

Minnow, the lead character of my series, is also autistic in addition to being physically disabled. There are other characters with difficulties of their own, both physical and mental. That said, the story isn't just about disabilities because nobody is just their disability. That isn't their entire personality. There's always more to learn about them. When you compound it with the everyday struggles people already go through, or more personal things like grief, it adds this extra layer that can make those things even more overwhelming, raise those hurdles to overcome ever higher. However, they're still the same human struggles, and I think anybody should be able to relate. It's a story about how people treat each other.

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I use the ocean as a metaphor for this. If the whole world is flooded, everyone who makes it to the surface makes a ripple. Everyone has an effect. It's the great equalizer, it "remembers" everyone. Even something as small as a Minnow.

I also use Minnow's prosthetic arms and legs as a metaphor for her experience. "Reaching out," trying to create new connections with people, it can be like feeling your way around the dark. You don't know when you're going to hit something or if you're even feel it there.

Spreading awareness of conditions like autism is only the first step. I don't think it's enough. It's easy to make people aware of things that may seem scary about the condition, and foster harmful attitudes towards people who have it. The most important step is to spread acceptance of autistic individuals, and that begins with understanding. I want to help more people who don't have it see the world the way we see it and connect with that. I think it's important not only that this group be positively represented in media so they can be inspired by the characters they see in stories, but that neuro-typical people can come to understand those with the condition better.

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Like me, Minnow is at a point in her life where in most conversations people may not even pick up on it, but that's just the side they see. When that conversation ends, we still spend the rest of the day facing the same personal challenges we do every day. No one in the story ever outright calls out what her condition is by name, but there are enough flashbacks to her youth and other, more current scenes where the symptoms manifest that people who have seen these symptoms before in real life or know someone who has them or even have these symptoms themselves will notice and realize, "Oh. She's autistic. Okay, neat."

Minnow's struggle is the emotional core of Planet Ripple, but if that was its only selling point, it may not be interesting enough to catch on. It could feel more like a PSA than an actual story with resolution, character growth and a world that feels alive. Just as she is not her condition, Minnow does not live in a void where nothing affects her. I want Minnow to go places. I want her to thrive. In the contents of this series of books, I've developed a whole world for Minnow to live in, and I hope readers find it to be compelling.”


Lecture Hall and Cyr Galleries:

Bangor Art Society

“Artist Choice” - April

“Open Juried Art Show” - May

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The Bangor Art Society was founded in February 1875 by Jeremiah Pearson Hardy and his daughter Annie. They formed the Bangor Art Association for the purpose of promoting visual art and extending art education in Bangor with programs that stressed exhibitions of Fine Arts. The BAS has the distinction of being able to claim the membership of Marsden Hartley and the chair of the University of Maine Art Department Vincent Hartgen. Over the years the name changed from Bangor Art Association to the Bangor Society of Arts, to the Bangor Art Society.

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What has never changed has been the purpose of the society. Then as now, we are dedicated to promoting visual art and encouraging the creative spirit through a variety of programs and events. The Bangor Art Society awards scholarships to students from four area high school and University of Maine art students. The Bangor Art Society meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. As a non-profit organization, some of our yearly events are the BAS All-Member show in February, the BAS open juried show in May, and the Wet Paint Auction in October. We welcome new members and new ideas and take delight in the passion that fuels the creative spirit.

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The 2019 Bangor Art Society’s Open Juried Art Show is delighted to welcome this year’s juror, Susan Roux of the Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland, Maine. This show is open to the public and any artist is welcome to submit two works to be juried in to the show. We offer $3000 in prizes across five categories, the largest in prizes awarded in any Maine art show open to the public!

For more information please visit the Bangor Art Society website.

If you would like to know more about Susan Roux and her gallery visit the website.


McDade Gallery: Betsy Rand

“A Walk In the Woods”

Macro Photography

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This artist's work is for sale.  Please visit the gallery or reference desk for more information.

Betsy Rand is an artist who seeks for beauty in everyday experiences. Macro photography is a medium which allows her to get up close with ordinary objects to show them in an unexpected way.  Something extraordinary happens when you slow down to notice beautiful details.  You train yourself to pay attention and everywhere you turn, you see sights that delight you.  Betsy moved to Maine 13 years ago and loves everything about life here. She believes that looking for the beauty in nature around her has made all the difference.

Macro photography is about photographing images very close to the lens. The final image is nearly as large or larger than the original object being photographed. This exhibit is the result of two walks through the woods.  It is made up of the sights found on those two walks. All photographs are taken of nature unaltered as it was found in that moment. All photographs were taken with a 100mm macro lens in Maine and created by Betsy Rand.


June-July Exhibits

All galleries will be open on Friday, June 7 from 5-8 pm

as part of the Downtown Bangor First Friday Artwalk.

 

Lecture Hall, Cyr, and Teen Study Room Galleries: Bangor High School

Opening reception

Friday, June 7 6:00 - 8:00 PM

As part of the downtown Bangor First Friday artwalk

Senior art students will be talking about their art journey as well as their artwork and media of choice. They will be explaining the meaning behind their collection of works.

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McDade Gallery: Citizens of Maine

Opening reception

Friday, June 7 5:00 - 7:00 PM

As part of the downtown Bangor First Friday artwalk

This group’s art is for sale.  Please visit the gallery or reference desk for more information.

The work of each artist varies from explorations of color and movement to interest in animals and the environment.

Follow Citizens on their Facebook page @ctznsME.

You can also find out more about Citizens of Maine on their website.

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Stairwell Gallery: Jennifer de Lannee

“Shifting Frames: Recent Edits and Inquiries”

Opening reception

Friday, June 7 5:00 - 8:00 PM

As part of the downtown Bangor First Friday artwalk

This artist’s work is for sale.  Please visit the gallery or reference desk for more information.

Jennifer studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  When there, she worked in stone and paper often creating minimalist installations that tried to convey themes of language and relationships between objects.

After many years of not producing any work, Jennifer is trying to discover a language through painting.  Although she never studied painting, Jennifer still finds herself questioning the truth of what she thinks makes a good piece of art. This installation is the result of her trying to follow her gut instinct and interests. As a result, she has found that she is approaching painting in a way that is sculptural.

Jennifer is attempting to create scenes, images, and atmospheres by carving the space with color and pattern and textures.  She tends to continually add and subtract until she finds an image that conveys a mood or expression. All the works in this exhibit have been created in the past year, many of them within the past few months.

You can follow Jennifer on Facebook Jennifer de Lannée Painting.