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Art at Skidompha Library
Skidompha's collection includes a wealth of visual resources.

Current Exhibit in the Carey Gallery: 
Paintings in oil enamels byJon Byrer

Belfast resident Jon Byrer graduated from the Maine College of Art where he received a degree in photography and studied the fine arts.  He creates paintings using poured oil enamel on large canvases, and experiments with photography.  He is also illustrating a children’s book series in watercolor.  Jon plays a variety of instruments and records his own music, and his paintings are musical in their fluid progressions, rhythms and rich, harmonious layers.  Jon has been living and working the mid-coast area for the past 15 years.

Artist’s Statement
My work is my view of the raw, complex beauty in the Maine landscape.  From bodies of water to country roads, I strive to capture the movement in each scene.  This landscape is constantly changing, as intermingling light, color, and shadow evolve constantly through time.  My painting style and technique convey this sense of an ever-changing landscape to my viewer.


The Carey Art Gallery 
The Carey Art Gallery was established in memory of Parker Carey of Damariscotta, who died in November 2012, and his wife Joyce, who died in 2008. They were, in the words of library director Pam Gormley, "devoted and tireless volunteers for Skidompha.” 

The new gallery encompasses the hallway near the library’s auditorium and Elm Street entrance.
Parker, whose favorite library job was re-shelving books, was also for many years co-manager of the Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop. Works displayed at the Carey Gallery include art, crafts, photography, and posters, with preference given to local artists. The Gallery offers exhibits year-round, with frequently changing exhibitions.

Local artists are invited to apply to exhibit their work at its Carey Art Gallery, which was dedicated to Parker Carey in the fall of 2012..

Artists who would like to apply to exhibit may stop by the library for a copy of the new Art Gallery Policy, or find it on our website here.

Skidompha Library also features other visual arts resources, including:
The Art Alcove
Located in a quiet corner of the Mezzanine, contains a sizable collection of illustrated art books.
The Display Case In the Atrium
This display is dedicated to Barbara Cooney, well-known author and illustrator of children's books who lived in Damariscotta. The case contains photos, sketches, and her two Caldecott medals.

Quilts in the Atrium
A rotating display of handmade quilts by local artists hangs prominently in the Atrium.

Art by Bernard Langlais and Others
Wood and mixed media constructions by Maine artist Bernard Langlais were made available in 2013 by the Kohler Foundation, and hang throughout the library building, along with works by other artists.