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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!

red hot

Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on January 10th, 2018

Art, advertising, and politics all come together in a fantastic show currently at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art called Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars. Regardless of what your politics may or may not be, the work in Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars is visually stunning, and every graphic designer out there owes these artists a debt of gratitude. The imagery is bold, the messages are clear (which was important, since most of the target audience was illiterate), and although a lot of this work is around 100 years old, many of the themes explored in Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars could apply to right now: women as revolutionaries, “power to the people,” the struggle between the “haves” and the “have nots”. I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same… Another thing I couldn’t help but notice is how much these images reminded me of movie posters…


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…or album art…


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…or of “Rosie The Riveter”!


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Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars runs through February 11th, so get there while you can! Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday, 10 am – 8:30 pm; Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Admission is free (but donations are welcome)!