Alison Rector will be featured in a solo exhibit in the Long Gallery at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The Value of Thought is a series of oil paintings exploring historic public libraries, an exhibit sponsored by Greenhut Galleries.
Rector’s luminous paintings celebrate the beauty and serenity of Maine’s libraries in 18 paintings. Her work has been praised for the depiction of light with radiant color and quiet beauty.
Since 2014, Alison Rector has painted Maine’s public libraries, inspired by public spaces dedicated to learning and reflection. In particular, she's explored twenty Carnegie libraries anchoring many Maine villages and towns. By the early twentieth century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. Since 2014, Rector has created more than 40 oil paintings of libraries. ”She invites the view 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,” comments Karin Wilkes, director of Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.
On Tuesday August 22, Rector presented a preview presentation about the paintings with Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth as part of the Totally Tuesday Talks series at the museum. "Maine's Carnegie Libraries" was well-received by a lively crowd.
For more information, visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art website, www.ogunquitmuseum.org