This month the library is hosting the Living Innovations Traveling Art Show!

About the exhibit: “Our hope with this art show is to show the local communities that people with intellectual disabilities and autism are able to express themselves in artistic ways and to show the artists that their work is valuable and worth sharing with others!”

Come in before March 13 to vote for your three favorite pieces to be included in the Lest We Forget – Annual Celebration of the Arts, held April 15 at the Hall of Flags in Maine’s State House.


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Geneva Gerrish is our February artist! Visit the library this month to view her vivid pencil and ink artwork.

Bio/Artist Statement:

Geneva has been an artist since childhood and still prefers to create her artwork with pencils, ink pens, colored pencils, and gel pens (especially *glitter* gel pens). Her style has been described as both hyper-realism and cartoon surrealism.

Geneva is primarily a portrait artist because she finds people to be the most fascinating subjects. To see more artwork or to contact her directly for a custom piece of your own, please visit her Facebook page “Genevawesome Art

November’s art exhibit features new works in acrylic, mix media, and collage by local artist Kathy Farris. Kathy will donate 50% of the proceeds from any artwork sold to Pine Tree Hospice.

Artist Statement:

The works exhibited are my most recent, completed in the latter 2018, and in 2019. Though eclectic in subject matter, what the paintings have in common is a play with the element of color. Using established color harmonies then trying new combinations was an enjoyable task.

Some history research was employed in the process of painting the abandoned train station on the way to Borestone Mountain. With some help from Greta and Michelle at TFL I found out “Bodfish Station” had been the official residence of the section foreman working for Canadian Pacific Railroad. The building housed him and his family upstairs, and the downstairs was an area for those waiting to ride the “Scoot.” The train made its last run in 1960.




Visit the library this October to view vibrant paintings in a variety of styles and mediums (including oil, watercolor, and mixed media) by Monson artist Roberta W. Jarvis!

Roberta graduated from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Her work includes both contemporary and traditional style paintings and techniques. Roberta was most often painting with oils, but is currently working with watercolor and her new-found fondness for milk paint. She finds experimenting with mixed media most gratifying as she uses her skills for therapeutic resolve as well as sketching and painting the landscape around her.

When not painting her own canvases, Roberta finds deep satisfaction cleaning and restoring artworks for other collectors, bringing new life to old paintings. She also draws much of her inspiration from many genres of music and plays the guitar with other musicians.

The diverse beauty found in Northern Maine holds endless possibilities for creating art and provokes Roberta to continue her passion into her senior years. Roberta and her husband reside in Monson, Maine on Lake Hebron.

For more information, please contact Roberta at: 207-997-3244 or

The “10 x 10” Art Exhibit featured at the Thompson Free Library this September showcased the creative work of art educators Jane Blay and Martha Ladd, who teach in Dover-Foxcroft. According to Jane, “The idea was to create art within a 10 by 10-inch area. Any medium could be used to fill the dimensions. Any style could be incorporated, from realism to abstract and any area could be investigated such as landscape, photography or even mixed media.”

About the Artists:

I have been successful as an artist since 1991, with art shows in Bangor, Belfast and Dover-Foxcroft. I exhibited artwork in shows at the Ames Gallery in Belfast and the Danforth Gallery in Portland. I received awards for my artwork in 2002, 2003 and 2004 at the Central Maine Open Juried Art Show located in Waterville, Maine.  I have exhibited at the Bangor Art Society Annual Open Juried Art Show from 1999 until 2007 and received several awards for mixed media and pastel.  My triptych of a local Orono business hangs at the town hall in Orono, Maine.  Over the past several years, I have devoted myself to my classes and students, although I am now promoting my own art again.

I am an Art Educator at Foxcroft Academy since 1998.  I have also offered evening art lessons in Orono, Maine for several years.  I taught weekend classes at Hampden Academy for several years for the Maine College of Art in Portland.  I offered summer art camps at Foxcroft Academy since 2003 to 2018 for younger artists, evening pottery classes, and pastel classes for adults.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and in Communication Disorders at the University of Maine at Orono.   I am also certified in Maine for Art Education. Many of my paintings are of Maine’s beautiful landscapes and shorelines.  Others reveal the true beauty found in and near Dover-Foxcroft while some are created from unexpected passing moments. Recently I have also been exploring abstract art and photography. ~Jane Blay

Martha Ladd, a Maine artist, graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree in 1997. She currently lives in Sebec, Maine with her husband and two children.  Martha paints with watercolor, oil and acrylic paint.  She is also passionate about photography, an interest she gained from her grandfather as a child.  She loves to garden, be around water (lakes, rivers, ocean), and spend time with her family.  She is inspired by the beauty around us, and the feelings with those experiences.

Martha has been the elementary visual arts teacher at SeDoMoCha for the last seven years.  She also has taught summer art camps at Foxcroft Academy for the past six years.  Recently her artwork was in the Monson Arts Gallery for an exhibit “Art All Around Us”  which featured work from local art teachers in the area.

“In this exhibit ‘10×10’ I wanted to focus on feelings and experiences.  I wanted to explore the 10×10 restriction with color and light.  This forced me to experiment and really feel the colors and shapes.  In my photographs the color orange and white seemed to prevail with the feelings of joy and loss.  While in the paintings, I explored with color and movement that formed shapes and emotions for me.” ~Martha Ladd