Art Exhibits at the Library

The Bangor Public Library is thrilled to welcome local and regional artists into our spaces!


In 2020 Bangor Public Library will celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial and the Women’s Right to Vote Centennial through three, special exhibit projects. There are three applications; two for adults and one for children. Information about the exhibits with attached applications can be accessed by clicking on the buttons below. The exhibits are: “Bangor 1820: Maine’s Bicentennial—past, present, future”; “Women’s Right the Vote” and for those under the age of 18, a bookmark contest reflecting the importance of voting rights and participation.

The images you see to the left are from Bangor Public Library’s art collection. During the last few decades of the 20th century, the Bangor-Brewer Tuberculosis and Health Association commissioned an artist to create a work that could be turned into a bookmark. To celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial, the Bangor Public Library art committee is reviving this idea with a call for artists. The “Bangor 1820” exhibit is a call for artists to submit a work on the topic that can be turned into bookmarks and used throughout the Bicentennial year.

Downtown Bangor First Friday Artwalk

October 4th 5:00 - 8:00 PM

As a part of the Downtown Bangor Artwalk the Bangor Public Library will feature artists Judy Fricke and Kay Carter. Kay will give a talk about her exhibit at 6:30. There will be a special musical performance by Women With Wings. Other artists in our galleries but not attending this evening are: AMICUS, Tom Small, and Joy Suzik.

August-September Exhibits

Cyr Gallery: Sandi Cirillo

“Diversity-A Selection of Fiber & Mixed Media Art”

Sandi Cirillo has been a fiber/mixed media artist for over 25 years specializing in creating artwork which pleases the eye and craves to be touched. The inspiration for her work focuses on the textural qualities of man-made and natural fibers which she incorporates into her artwork. Her work reflects her love of traveling throughout Maine where she lives and her appreciation of the natural environment around her. Sandi also creates solar plate etchings on both paper and silk fabric.

 Sandi is a retired art educator who gives many different fiber workshops in the Northeast and North Carolina. She teaches many of her workshops in collaboration with various arts centers throughout the Northeast. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Alfred University and Nazareth College in New York State. She currently teaches drawing and fiber classes at Senior College in Belfast, Maine.

Sandi lives in Searsport, Maine where she has her studio and where she teaches many different workshops which are listed on her website.

Visit Sandi’s website to see more examples of her work.

You can also see her work at Local Color Gallery in Belfast, Lupine Cottage in Belfast, River Arts in Damariscotta, Ocean's Edge Restaurant in Belfast, Lightouse Arts Center in Bucksport, The Arts of the Southern Fingerlakes in Corning, New York and Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, New York. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and her artwork is in many private collections.

Lecture Hall Gallery: David Estey

“David Estey - A 69-year Retrospective”

Estey grew up in Fort Fairfield, Maine and taught himself to draw and paint before he graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1960, went on to Rhode Island School of Design and later studied extensively at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Upon returning from his senior year at RISD in Rome, Italy, he was drafted into and illustrated for the army during the Vietnam War, then had a career managing public affairs for IRS. He earned a masters’ degree from George Washington University and lived, worked and exhibited in Maryland, D.C., New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He returned to Belfast in 2002. He now exhibits throughout Maine and has his work in public and private collections in 20 states and seven countries.

This comprehensive exhibit of over 40 drawings, paintings and prints showcases Estey’s remarkable development from self-taught realism to abstract expressionism and now, total improvisation. It begins with his self-portrait at age eight and moves through his development years in illustration and painting, numerous figure drawings and portraits, realistic landscapes of the mid-coast area, abstract expressionist paintings and finally, totally nonrepresentational improvisations. The exhibit clearly establishes his well-earned gravitas and makes the case for his current artistic freedom.

For more information about David, please visit his website. You can follow him on Facebook @davidesteyartist or on Instagram. You can connect with him on Linkedin, too.

Click here to read an article about David in Maine Art Scene magazine.

Teen Study Room Galleries: James Bailey

“My Life”

Opening Reception to be announced

Teen Lounge

James “Jamie” Bailey came to Bangor from Pleasant Point, Maine. He was surrounded by family and friends while growing up. Jamie started taking pictures in high school. When he moved to Bangor and started lining in a group home he made long-term friendships with housemates and staff.

Not only does Jamie like taking pictures but he also enjoys watching the planes take off and land at Bangor Airport, attending University of Maine Women’s Hockey, and having booster meals with the team after games. He also likes hanging out with his tribe when he goes back home to visit.

Jamie his selected photographs that celebrated the people, places, and animals that have brought pride and joy to his live. He hopes you enjoy his selections.

Stairwell Gallery: Penny Oliphant

“Route 100”

Penny Oliphant is a contemporary artist and photographer based in Maine. She studied at The Art Institute of Boston and has exhibited her work at Maine galleries and museums; as well as galleries in New York, Boston, and Washington, D. C.

Penny’s painting background is evident in her photographic images. She used similar themes and tones but adds more depth and detail. Her photographs offer a fresh look at unappreciated aspects of Maine’s rural landscape.

Feature Shoot Magazine wrote, “Penny’s eye often seeks out serendipitous surprising moments within the landscape of everyday life.” Penny is represented by The Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Penny is now working on her fifth book of photography which will feature her “Route 100” series.

“Oliphant manages to empoy successfully the very element of nostalgia that sinks so many Maine painting. Nostalgia is a sweet-sad affair. In Maine genre art, the sweetness tends to prevail. Penny Oliphant has the good taste, and the intelligence to weigh the sad side as well.” - Edgar Allen Beem, art critic and author.

More information may be found on Penny’s website. You can also follow her on Instagram.

McDade Gallery: Nancy Langlois

“Paintings By Nancy Langlois”

From childhood, Nancy loved making pictures.  She drew constantly and was delighted to see the color unspool from the end of her crayon. That love of color and making pictures stays with her even now, but back then, life took over with marriage and children, and she didn’t have much time to give serious attention to making art.  When Nancy became a single parent, she went back to school and earned degrees in Psychology while working and raising her children. She worked for many years as a Psychologist and Social Worker.

As Nancy approached retirement, her love of painting was rekindled when she took an Adult Ed class. She began to teach herself painting by reading everything she could about how to paint and by practicing at every opportunity. Now a happily retired Great Grandmother, she is still practicing and learning.

Nancy works primarily with oils because the slow drying time suits her more contemplative painting style. Lately she has discovered pastels and has fallen in love with their clean brilliant color. Her favorite subjects are the Maine landscape for the crisp light, and floral still lifes. She paints to communicate what she feels when she sees a certain slant of light or a pattern of shadows that transforms the familiar into the extraordinary.  Nancy feels calm and uplifted by those moments and it is her hope that viewers feel the same sense tranquility and awe in the beauty that surrounds us as she does.

October-November Exhibits


McDade Gallery: Tom Small

“Small Things”

A native of Bangor, Tom is a graduate of Unity College. He is a self-taught artist and woodcarver who has enjoyed his craft for over 60 years.

This is Tom’s first showing to the public and appreciates the privilege to display his work.

Cyr Gallery: Judy Fricke

“Rocks and Water: from Maine to Austria”

Opening reception, Friday October 4

5:00 - 8:00 PM

As part of the Downtown Bangor First Friday Artwalk

This artist’s framed prints are for sale.

Judy has been exploring images of Maine and beyond since moving “home” almost 10 years ago. With an eye for composition, Judy enjoys the unique, yet always changing, juxtaposition of nature’s varied offerings.

An “honest” artist, she does not use Photoshop, does not enhance colors, and does not crop out unwanted background items. What you see is what she saw and what her camera captured. Nature photography, naturally!

Judy lives in Bangor with her husband George where they spend most of their time renovating their 1868 home.

About this exhibit:

The fluidity of water alongside the solidity of nature’s harder surfaces offer an always changing dance of motion and light. Whether captured on backwoods waterways, or the rugged coast of Maine, at the base of a waterfall in Germany, or high in the Austrian Alps, these images were chosen to create a sense of balance, of calm.

Through a closeup of fall leaves washed against stones or a long-range view of majestic mountains and glaciers, we see a composition of nature as it has been for thousands of years. Rocks and water: each one harmonizing with the other; sometimes in loud clashes, sometimes in quiet pulses, always as beautiful forces of nature.

Lecture Hall Gallery: AMICUS

October Exhibit -”PVI/RLE Artwork” - acrylics and mixed media

Opening: Thursday, October 3

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lecture Hall Gallery

November Exhibit - “Shadows, Shade, and Shapes” - photography

Opening: Thursday, November 7

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lecture Hall Gallery

AMICUS has had the pleasure to support men and women who have intellectual and other disabilities since 1971. As a private, non-profit organization, our primary mission is to provide supports, programs and services that enhance the quality of life and independence of people with disabilities. Through a range of individualized services we seek to promote abilities and achievements that contribute to self-respect, personal development, purposeful work, and meaningful participation in the community.

For more information about this organization, please visit their website.