“Shared Quiet,” an exhibit of new oil paintings by Alison Rector of Monroe, is on exhibit through July 20 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court St. The opening reception is Wednesday, July 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Rector will give a gallery talk about her work Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Rector, who is best know for her luminous painting of interiors, was inspired by the architecture of the Carnegie libraries and their presence in our communities. By the early 20th century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities.

In Maine, there are 18 Carnegie libraries and Rector set out to paint them all. Along the way, library enthusiasts talked to her about their favorite public library buildings, so she visited those and she painted some of them, too. From Winslow and Oakland to Rockland and Belfast, from Ellsworth and Bar Harbor to Blue Hill and Stonington, Rector invites the viewer to experience these community treasures with reverence — the beauty of their stacks, their striking architectural features, or the simple joy of a quiet place to read.

Rector holds a BA in Painting from Brown University. She has been featured in Art New England, The Gettysburg Review, Maine Home + Design and Carl Little’s book “More Paintings of Maine.” Her work has been numerous exhibitions, including several biennials at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the 2003 biennial at the Portland Museum of Art.

For more information and hours, call 667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.