Monroe artist Alison Rector will give a talk Friday about her new exhibit, “Shared Quiet,” a collection of paintings of Maine’s public library buildings.

The lecture, “Library Art and Architecture,” a presentation by Rector and Kirk F. Mohney, an author and architectural historian, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Maine State Library, 230 State St. in Augusta.

Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian, will introduce the program; and Mohney will present a history of libraries in Maine. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Rector’s newest body of work, “Shared Quiet” is on display from June 25 through July 20 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court St., Ellsworth.

Alison Rector, who is best known for her luminous painting of interiors, has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries, in particular the Carnegie libraries.

“From Portland to Stonington, Rector’s adept use of light accentuates lofty vaulted domes, lustrous oak panels, or a modest structure overlooking a spectacular ocean view,” Karin Wilkes, director of Courthouse Gallery, said in a press release. “She 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.”

The opening reception for the exhibit is from 5 to 7 p.m. July 2 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.

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