Monroe artist Alison Rector will discuss her new paintings of Maine public libraries, including the Belfast Free Library, Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the library, 106 High St. The presentation also includes Kirk F. Mohney of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

Mohney, author and architectural historian, will present a history of libraries in Maine using images from his book, “Beautiful in All Its Details: The Architecture of Maine Library Buildings 1878-1942.” Rector will discuss her new work Shared Quiet, a group of paintings of Maine public libraries. This talk is in conjunction with the June exhibit in the library’s Kramer Gallery of Rector’s newest oil paintings celebrating Maine library interiors.

Rector, best known for her luminous paintings of interiors, has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries, in particular the Carnegie libraries, often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. She debuted this exhibit in 2014 at the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth. Karen Wilkes, director of the gallery, wrote that “Rector’s adept use of light accentuates lofty vaulted domes, lustrous oak panels, or a modest structure overlooking a spectacular ocean view.”

This program is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Belfast Historical Society & Museum and Belfast Free Library. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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