2016-01-22 / Community

Cape’s inaugural library exhibit will open Feb. 4

Cape Elizabeth residents have waited for a little more than a year for the town’s new library to open. When the building opens its doors in February, visitors will have an extra treat: an art exhibit showcasing Maine book illustrators and artists on display in the library’s new gallery space.

“The Art of the Story: A Celebration of Maine Illustrators,” will be on exhibit from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Monday, Feb. 29. The exhibit is the inaugural exhibit in the Stier Family Gallery, in the newly renovated Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road in Cape Elizabeth. The show features works by the following Maine artists and illustrators: Jeannie Brett, Blue Butterfield, Brooke Carlton, Russ Cox, Jada Fitch, Dahlov Ipcar, Teresa Lagrange and Mark Scott Ricketts.

“We are so thrilled to be opening the new library with this special exhibit that highlights the great talents of so many Maine book illustrators,” said Rachel Davis, assistant director/children’s librarian. “It’s so fitting for our first exhibit to celebrate the art in books. Many of the pieces feature images of books and reading, so it’s an extra special exhibit for us.”

An opening reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, and will include light refreshments, book sales and a “draw-off” contest featuring illustrators Russ Cox and Mark Ricketts, hosted by Islandport Press children’s book editor Melissa Kim. Suggest ideas and see which artist can draw the best image on the spot in this fun, improvisational game.

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