Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present a collaborative performance by Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly and Belfast jazz composer and singer Mary Anne Driscoll Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

For more than 10 years, Robert Shetterly has been painting a series of portraits. The Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. There are more than 180 portraits in the non-partisan AWTT series. Shetterly’s original goal was to paint 50, but he said the more he has learned about American history, past and present, the more people he has discovered he wants to honor in this way.

“The courage of these individuals needs to remain a part of a great tradition, a united effort in respect for the truth. These people form the well from which we must draw our future,” he said.

California native Driscoll draws musical inspiration from nature and a mosaic of cultures. Her uncle Charley taught her to scat, and she learned piano by ear, accompanying him on the trumpet and playing for elementary school events. Thirty years ago, she followed the new music to New York City and sang and played in concerts, clubs, lofts and recording studios including Carnegie Recital Hall and Damrosch Park with Karen Borca’s Band, the Central Park Concert Series, Environ, Ali’s Alley, Soundscape and Kool Festivals.

Today, in addition to performing concerts, Driscoll remains active as a clinician and teacher. For nearly seven years, she has been composing music for the quotes on Shetterly’s portraits and singing them. At the library, Shetterly will present and Driscoll will sing an eclectic mix of the portraits. On some, she will encourage the audience to sing along.

This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Library, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

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