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 Lecture Hall Gallery (third floor)

  • The Cyr Gallery (previously the Bangor Room, third floor)

  • The Stairwell Gallery (new grand staircase)

  • The Barbara McDade Gallery (2nd floor)

  • The Teen Study Rooms (3rd floor)

December Art Exhibits


Bob Treat grew up in Brewer and now lives in Winterport. After being a self-employed electrician for almost 40 years, retirement offered an opportunity to try new things.  Penobscot Valley Senior College offers art classes. Between senior college semesters, Bob continued to take weekly classes with the watercolor instructor, David Whalen, for a couple years.  Bob is an “untrained” artist having fun experimenting with paint and paper.  Painting with watercolors gives you the ability to create a scene the way you see it and bring it to life. Bob prefers painting buildings and trucks.  He recommends finding an art class.  You might just find a rewarding hobby.


Artist statement.           

My usual answer to the question “what kind of work do you do?” Is that I work abstractly, that I am an abstract expresssionist. For me, the term describes the  process more than the finished work.  I begin with paint, a surface and an impulse.  Starting with a calligraphic gesture and a response, I try to work quickly to stay with my first impulses. It is not a thinking process.

Many paintings have begun with a landscape or an image of a pot of flowers in a traditional spatial organization.  The “fixedness” of that imagery drives me to break up the space and distribute the colors around the surface. I want the kaleidoscopic experience one has looking at a multicolored bouquet. A group of colors has an effect similar to a chord of musical notes - there can be perfect pleasure or stimulating dissonance.

 The process may involve sanding, scraping, glazing or direct painting. The texture builds up secondarily with the evolving image but it often becomes part of the final composition. I like the complexity of the layers of imagery and I struggle with simplification.

 In one sense abstraction itself is a simplification if one pays attention to just what is on the surface.  However, any mass or line can be animated by my imagination- all sorts of “critters” appear that have stories and create spaces around themselves. My verbal brain works hard to pin down these shape-shifters with names while my critical brain looks for balanced compositions and illusions of space. Working with unresolved forms is, for me, an expression of the fluid nature of the atmosphere through which we move. Ambiguity which invites interpretations and associations seems more life-like to me. 

Stairwell Gallery: Kristborg Whitney

“Light, Color, Currents”

Kristborg Whitney was born and raised in Iceland and currently lives and works in Orono, Maine. She spends time in Iceland where she reconnects with her roots and gathers ideas and inspiration for future work and does preliminary sketches for many of her paintings.

Kristborg grew up in a family that strongly encouraged all matters of creativity. She studied art at Reykjavik School of Arts and Crafts and continued her studies in Virginia, California, and Maine.

Kristborg’s work has been shown in Iceland; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Bangor, Trenton, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Augusta, and Stonington, Maine.

Her work is in private collections in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and the United States.

You can follow Kristborg on her Facebook page.

Deighan Wealth Advisors’ Christmas Card Collection 

“Home for the Holidays”


This exhibit will feature the original paintings used for our firm holiday cards over the eighteen year period from 2000 to 2018.  The original poems written for the cards (as inspired by the art) as well as the artists’ biographies will be displayed. 

At the opening reception on December 12, Jean Deighan will present the history of her Christmas card collection, how it grew and our intent to support Maine artists through it.  I will also read the poems written for the cards and explain how they were selected and work with each year’s card. 

February - March Art Exhibits

McDade Gallery: Amber Walker

“Gray Paper”

Opening reception

Saturday, February 9

Noon - 1:30

2nd Floor Bleacher Area and Balcony

Art Journaling Workshop

Saturday, February 16

10:00 - 11:30 am

About the exhibit-Amber’s Statement

“Sealed in a box.  Fabric threads encasing memories transformed into paper.  Camouflage churned inside out into pasty thick substance dried into a substrate holding those moments.  Ten years of military service, ten years of an officer in the Air Force, active and reserves, no combat tours.  Drawing lines that connect and disconnect you from these written words.  

Frozen at the table, scissors in my hand questioning if its sacrilegious to cut up my military uniforms.  Only one uniform spared, tucked away in the back of my closest, my maternity uniform. It is part of my little girl’s story I want her to hold someday.

Cutting away to postage sized stamps with fingers cold, numb, and throbbing by the end of the day.  Seeing the little pieces of uniform being stuffed in ziplock bags, readying for transformation.  Stirred, poured, and pressed.  My uniforms turned to gray muck.  Imperfect lumpy sheets of paper, others were beautifully tinged purple or pure white.  Mine were just gray. 

My art supplies spilling across the table.  My pens, inks, and one of the gracious Combat Paper NJ host’s borrowed golden paints.  Placing in headphones to drown out the chatter in the room, I began.  My years in the military tangling with the present, pressing some of my previous created art journal pages into the newly created paper made out of my uniforms, gluing and cutting, cutting and gluing.  My hands moved across the pages without conscious thought.  I felt a new story pouring out, releasing the old ones. 

The pages were on display at the gallery, mine oddly out of place with bright and cheery colors, and sprays of pink.  Questioning where does my story belong.  Unpinning my pages to toss in the back of my Jeep, time to leave the NJ Combat Paper Project experience.  The blank gray pages stacked under the completed ones. 

Months later, I stumbled across those raw edges of gray paper stuck in stacks of my art journal scraps and my breath catches.  How could I have forgotten all the unfinished sheets? 

This time it proved to be more difficult. I was overworking the pages, adding too may layers, trying too hard to make it beautiful or to tell my military story.  Stretching, overworking, layering to burning, cutting, stitching and tearing. 

Art journaling is a release.  Breathe.  These pages don’t have to be beautiful or even part of a story.  Reminding myself to again let go, let go of the expectations and outcomes.  This is when I took matches to the pages and dumped white paint across them.  Release.  Set this free.

The last sheet of paper with carved lines and words in the thick, dried gesso laid on my art table unfinished for weeks.  I packed it in my suitcase for a long weekend excursion.  Sitting quietly in the corner of the rented lake house in the early morning hours, I simply started with a Stabilo all pencil.  Three figures emerged, enhancing them with shades of blue and green golden acrylic paints.  There was still a visible message that had been carved in the beginning layer in the gesso, “Release the past, it will be ok”.  Simple and fitting for the collection.  Then I couldn’t help but still see the multiple carved lines in the dried gesso underneath the figures and running across the page.  I worried about ruining what I had just created, but the urge was too strong to resist, I began to trace all the carved lines with a Stabilo all pencil, connecting and intersecting all the carved lines.  

Pages completed, held together with the laces of my military boots.  Slipping the pile into the box assembled for the purpose of containment.  Fear is bubbling up in me, these pages are personal, vulnerability had oozed into the paint and ink.  There is pride for my military career and honor in wearing the uniform.  I cut up my old uniforms to narrate part of my story, interweaving camouflage with present existence.  It is a weaving of the grit and the delicate.  I tell myself its okay to make these public.  Each of us has a story to tell that carries pain and beauty, past and present.  I remind myself these stories serve to connects us.  These pages are raw, breaking open the shell to capture authenticity of those years.  I hope the telling of my story has drawn lines that connect you and me, hoping you can see where our lines meet.”

About the artist

Amber has been art journaling for the past thirteen years. Her art journaling has coincided with her career as a social worker, this love of art becoming a therapeutic creative outlet and passion. The words, paint, and ink spill across the pages and canvas with no conscious plan or desired outcome, nothing off limits.  The work is intuitive and often incorporates themes of women and the pursuit of freedom. 

Amber Walker was born and raised in the State of Maine. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2001 at the University of New England and returned to college for art courses following her time on active duty in the US Air Force. Amber has facilitated art journaling groups with veterans and homeless adults. Amber developed and held Art Journaling Workshops for professionals. 

Amber has a part-time private therapy practice in downtown Bangor. She is a veteran, served ten years in the US Air Force and currently serving in the Maine Army National Guard.  She has published artwork in eleven of STampinton & Company's nation-wide magazine edition in 2018.  

Amber had her altered book included in the Paste and Pages exhibition in the Harlow Gallery in June of 2013, art journal pages displayed in the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Art Gallery for the Combat Paper NJ Exhibition in 2015, and chosen for Artist's Choice Exhibition in River Arts Gallery in 2017.

Visit Amber's website for more information. She is also onInstagramm @alteredbyamber.