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a good fit

Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on February 21st, 2018

In my previous blog post, I focused on art that was currently on display at both Curtis Memorial Library and Topsham Public Library, which got me thinking, “What kind of art might be on display at other area libraries right now?” Well, I paid a visit to the Freeport Community Library and the Patten Free Library in Bath to find out!

The Freeport Community Library has a group show on display right now, but the artwork isn’t hanging on the walls in a separate room, it’s right on top of the bookshelves!


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Something that Freeport Community Library shares with Curtis Memorial Library is the work of Nantz Comyns, who creates giant, fun, and funky paper mache animals! This moose can be found in Freeport, but you’ll have to go to Brunswick to find this unicorn.


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I never knew that the Patten Free Library in Bath had so much artwork by Dahlov Ipcar on display, including a fantastic mural! Patten Free Library’s Carol McFadden took the time to speak with me about Dahlov Ipcar‘s work, as well as her experience interviewing the artist in her studio just a few months before her passing in February 2017. The mural was painted in 1978, and it was originally located in another part of the library, but renovations required it to be taken apart and reinstalled (mostly!) in the main part of the Children’s Room. Due to space considerations, portions had to be broken up and relocated inside cabinets in a nearby area. In case you haven’t seen it, here are some photos!


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The more places I visit, the more it becomes clear: art and libraries are a good fit!


cross that bridge when you come to it

Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on February 7th, 2018

Libraries provide so many different services for the people of their communities, and when you live in an area that has as many creative people as the Brunswick-Topsham region does, it’s wonderful when those services include providing beautiful exhibit spaces for artists of all kinds. Curtis Memorial Library has the Morrell Meeting Room, Topsham Public Library has the Crooker Gallery…and both have great group shows happening right now!

Love Not Hate features paintings, drawings, and fiber art by Spindleworks artists, and it is sure to put a smile on your face. The opening reception is Friday, February 9th from 4pm to 7pm, but if you can’t make it then, the show will be up through the end of February. Here are some photos that will hopefully entice you to pop into the Morrell Meeting Room before the month is over!

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The Topsham Public Library’s Joy of Art show is celebrating its tenth year! The opening reception happened on Saturday, January 27th, but the show runs through February 24th, so you can still catch it. The pieces that resonated with me the most in this year’s Joy Of Art were the mixed media works by Natasha Kempers-Cullen and Megan Daigle. Stop in for yourself, and after you do, let me know what your favorites are in the comments section!


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warm thoughts

Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on January 24th, 2018

Winter in Maine can be tough. Having a winter sport or outdoor activity you enjoy can really help you to get through the season, but what can you do on days when it’s too nasty to be snowshoeing or skiing (and you don’t have the time to get out of town)? Visit the library, of course! The weather outside may be grey and cold and wet, but Curtis Memorial Library is always warm and welcoming. For starters, you can dive into books that are set in warmer climates (personally, I love the Tales Of The City series by Armistead Maupin), or you can find poetry that celebrates nature (Curtis Memorial Library has a nice Mary Oliver section), or you can fantasize about taking a trip! Plus, there’s art nearly everywhere you turn, just waiting to treat your eyes to a new, fresh view.

Check out this lovely display by Liz Snowdon currently hanging in the front lobby…

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…and the wood relief sculptures on loan from artist Blake Hendrickson…


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… and this print of an original painting by Mary Alice Treworgey…



…and take a gander at the fantastic, fun, and colorful underwater/ocean themed Collaboratory!





What is your favorite thing to do when the weather gets you down? Please share in the comments section!