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 (previously the Bangor Room, 3rd floor)

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

  • The Barbara McDade Gallery (2nd floor)

  • The Teen Study Rooms (3rd floor)

February - March Art Exhibits

Stairwell Gallery: Local Color Gallery Artists

“Local Color Comes to Bangor Public Library”


Local Color Gallery of Maine, a fine art gallery opened in 2018 in downtown Belfast, features 15 local artists. Our mission is to offer local Maine artists a venue in which to show and sell their work, while supporting the arts community in Belfast and beyond. Local Color Gallery features oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as printmaking, fiber art, mixed media, and sculpture. Each artist has their own space, and we change our pieces frequently to give visitors a fresh experience.

We are very pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit at the Bangor Public Library! 

Current Local Color Gallery artists are listed below. Click the name of an artist to be taken to the Local Color Gallery artist page.

Leecia Price Sally Brophy Sandi Cirillo Judy Graebert Conny Hatch JoAnne Houlsen Janake Howard

 Deborah Jellison Debbie Mitchell MF Morison Suzanne G. Roberts Betty Schopmeyer James Toothaker

 Peter Walls 

We participate in the Fourth Friday Art Walks and other special events that celebrate local arts. 

We are located at 135 High Street in the historic Masonic Building. Come visit and let’s talk about Art-

Find out more about Local Color Gallery on its website.

You can also follow them on Facebook @LocalColorGalleryMaine.

Cyr Gallery: Lorraine Lans

“ All Things Maine”

In the blueberry barrens and in the quarries, by the foggy coastal waters, in winter snow, at summer fairs and the mills and hunting cabins Lorraine Lans has painted the diversity of Maine and its wildlife from a romantic perspective.

Lorraine Lans was born in Massachusetts and studied painting with Impressionist painter, teacher and author Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art, Provincetown, MA.  She attended Boston University School of Fine Art and furthered her studies at The Fenway Studios Boston School atelier.  She studied portraiture with Betty Warren, director of the Malden Bridge School of Art, N.Y.  She has lived in the fishing village of Stonington, Maine now for twenty-seven years painting plein air landscapes and seascapes there and on Monhegan Island.  For several winters, she has driven out West to Arizona to paint the red rock and do sculpture at the Scottsdale Artists School. In her Stonington North-light studio, Lorriane has done life-sized portrait and figure commissions.  In her portraits, she aims for the inner spirit of the individual, as well as the likeness.

Lorraine has exhibited in museums such as The Frederick Remington Museum of Fine Art, New York; Penobscot Marine Museum; Fitchburg Museum; The Michelle and Donald D’Amour MFA, Springfield, MA; The Venture County Maritme Museum, California; Danforth Museum; Provincetown Museum; Cape Cod Museum of Natural History; Harvard University; The Whistler House Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.  She has exhibited in International juried shows with The International Society of Marine Painters; the Academic Artist’s Association; Greenhouse Gallery; San Antonio, Texas. Lorraine has had solo shows at Boston University; Thomas College; galleries in Cambridge, Massachusetts; at Southern Vermont Art Center, as well, as National juried shows at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and galleries on Newbury Street, Boston; The Boston Athenaeum; and the Salmagundi Club on New York City.

Lorraine was an Artist-In-Residence at Acadia National Park and has paintings in their collection.  Her paintings are also in the corporate collections of MBNA, Greenbrier Corporation, Lorusso and Loud and many private collections. Lorraine was an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT where she focused on painting scenes of winter.

Major awards: Juror’s Choice $1,000; Academic Artist’s Association 2007; Honorable Mention “The All New England Exhibition at Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, Massachusetts; second prize $500 at The Penobscot Marine Museum; First in Show at Malden Bridge Art League, New York; The Gretchen Webster Memorial Award $100 at Malden Bridge Art League as well as Honorable Mentions at the Copley Society of Boston, Ogunquit Art Association, and Falmouth Artist’s Guild.

Find out more about Lorraine and her art on her website.

McDade Gallery: Amber Walker

“Gray Paper”

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 on Instagram @alteredbyamber.

Lecture Hall: Paul Larrabee

“The Art of Paul Larrabee”

Paul Larrabee grew up and resides in Brownville Junction, Maine.  Born in a very musical family, Paul chose the paint brush over the piano keys. After high school, Paul was employed for thirty years with the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineman.  Paul ran trains through the heart of Maine’s wilderness and deep into Canada.  The countless sunrises and sunsets seen from the windows of his locomotive gave Paul a unique education in the study of lighting and softness of distant atmosphere.

Paul began teaching himself to paint in oils and by the mid 1980s was showing his work throughout the Northeast.  Paul has exhibited in the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York in three separate shows.  His work has hung in three state capitals through juried competitions.  Paul even placed in an international competition sponsored by the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper Wyoming. He has shipped over 13,000 lithographs of his work to destinations throughout the Unites States and Canada as well as several other countries.  Paul prefers to paint scenes of the early 1900s and the people of that period.  Paul’s detailed paintings take 200-300 hours to complete.

You can find out more information about Paul and view his more of his work on his website.

Teen Study Rooms: Arend Thibodeau

“Natural Maine”

Arend is a photographer from Harmony, Maine, where he resides with his wife, granddaughter, and 3 dogs; he began his journey as a photographer in Bangor mostly doing portraiture in the early 1990’s (on 35mm film). He always found work in the city to be rather tedious and hectic so he would always take every opportunity to steal away into the Maine woods for the quiet and solitude that only nature could provide. It is through this connection to nature that he continues to find true inspiration, and with that, he became a Master Maine Guide in order to enjoy sharing his knowledge and experience of the Maine Wilderness to those who wish to experience it’s magnificence. 

Arend is proud to say that he has had work published by the National Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited of Canada, as well as, other travel and nature magazines. Despite his success as a nature photographer, he refuses to label himself as such and believes photography to be a documentation of his journey through life. As Arend shares images that inspire him in his journey, he hopes that others will find inspiration as well.

Arend encourages you to visit his website and please do not hesitate to reach out and ask him questions. He loves to hear from others on the topics of nature, Maine, and photography. He is also on Instagram @ArendThibodeau.

April - May Art Exhibits


Stairwell and Teen Study Room Galleries:

Nicholas Anderson

“Planet Ripple- Characters/Special Scenes”

"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.


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.


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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Opening reception

Friday, May 3 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Lecture Hall and Cyr Galleries

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”

Photography workshop:

How to document your life beautifully with your phone camera.


Wednesday, May 15

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

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.