Art Exhibits at the Library

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

Please check back here often as we share our artist and exhibit information.


Next year Bangor Public Library will celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial and the Women’s Right to Vote Centennial through three, special exhibit projects. Information about these exhibits will be available in July 2019. If you are interested in taking part, please check back for information and the application details.

The Library is proud to 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)

    Please click the button below to see the list of artists exhibiting at Bangor Public Library from February 2019-January 2020.

June-July Exhibits

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

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.


McDade Gallery: Citizens of Maine

“Colorful Creations”

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.


Stairwell Gallery: Jennifer de Lannee

“Shifting Frames: Recent Edits and Inquiries”

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.

August-September Exhibits

Cyr Gallery: Sandi Cirillo

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

Opening, Friday, August 2

5:00 - 8:00 PM as part of the Downtown Bangor First Friday Artwalk

At the opening - Felting and Solar Plate Printmaking interactive Demonstration

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 manmade 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”

Opening, Friday, August 2

5:00 - 8:00 PM as part of the Downtown Bangor First Friday Artwalk

6:30 At the opening - David will offer a POWER-POINT presentation of his life’s work, sprinkled with humorous anecdotes from his published memoir of growing up in Aroostook County and his life beyond.

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.

Teen Study Room Galleries: James Bailey

“My Life”

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 Washinton, 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.

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

McDade Gallery: Nancy Langlois

“Paintings By Nancy Langlois”