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Art Exhibit at the Library

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The Gibbs Library is proud to exhibit the abstract paintings of Matt Demers, from Thursday September 7th through November 2, 2017.

In ClosingGrowing up in rural Maine, Demers has been creating for as long as he can remember. Primarily self taught, he uses a wide variety of mediums and techniques often on unique surfaces to create his pieces. His background as a graphic designer, sign maker, embroiderer, screen printer, gravedigger, and antiques dealer influences his work visually and conceptually.

In Demers’ own words, “I draw inspiration from every experience in my life. My work references landscapes, architecture, figure, and objects with an emphasis on form and color and the way non representational objects can spark memories and create new ideas. I would describe myself as quiet and reserved but my artwork has always been a place that I feel comfortable being unrestrained.  It has allowed me to connect to people in ways that I otherwise would not. The pieces become a visual memoir of my constantly racing mind. With paint, found objects, text, and other materials I create dynamic pieces and invite the viewer to be drawn in and experience the work subjectively.”



An exhibit of pastel drawings by Karin Sargent of Gardiner, Maine will run, during library hours from Thursday, November 2, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018. A reception is planned for Friday November 10, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the library.  The public is invited.

Karin Sargent pastel Karin was born and brought up in New England.  As a young girl Karin learned to knit from her Mother and Grandfather.  But she was the kind of curious child that was impatient with normal patterns and quickly learned to make the yarn into dolls or animal creatures without a pattern, basically learning to make the yarn do whatever she wanted.  She tells of feeling bored with a project and deciding to knit it backwards, or changing hands to make it more challenging.  Since then she has created many different kinds of art: fabric sculptures, original knitted dolls, fabric dolls, glorious doll clothes, felted hats and intricate beaded jewelry.  She has also learned to weave, quilt, felt, and spin.  She is well known in Hallowell for her creative Halloween sculptures (think huge spiders climbing the outside of the building).  She also was involved in the Hallowell gingerbread house contest and won year after year with the incredible gingerbread houses she created with her friend Ken Linaberry.

Karin has always been around art and artists.  Her father was an oil painter and photographer, her sister a photographer as well.  She has always dabbled in the creative arts but about ten years ago she became interested in painting.  After taking many different classes in different media, she found that she was particularly drawn to pastels.

“I love the tactile experience of the medium and the ability to build color in interesting ways.  I love to paint many things, especially water and trees.  I find myself fascinated by the way that light plays on subjects”

Karin has displayed her paintings at the Bath Art Walk throughout the summer of 2016.  Two of her paintings were accepted into the juried show “Color” at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta in September 2017.