Monroe artist Alison Rector will be discussing, showing and sending her new Shared Quiet series of paintings about Maine public libraries this month and next.

On Friday, June 13, Rector will discuss her new paintings in a Beautiful in All Its Details:  Library Art and Architecture presentation at the Maine State Library, 230 State St. in Augusta. Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will introduce the program celebrating the beauty of Maine’s public library buildings; and Kirk F. Mohney, author and architectural historian, will present a history of libraries in Maine. All are welcome and admission is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Maine State Library.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Midcoast community is invited to see the paintings during a 5 to 7 p.m. open studio in Rector’s space at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast. Then the work will be packed up and taken north to Ellsworth, where it will be featured in a “Shared Quiet” show June 25 through July 20 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. The opening reception will be Wednesday, July 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court St.

Rector, who is best known for her luminous painting of interiors, finds inspiration in Maine’s public libraries, The Carnegie libraries in particular. By the early 20th century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. In her new paintings of libraries from Portland to Stonington, Rector’s adept use of light accentuates lofty vaulted domes, lustrous oak panels or a modest structure overlooking a spectacular ocean view invites the viewer to experience these community treasures with reverence.

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