Barbara Kramer Gallery

September in the Gallery:

Locally Grown: Illustrations & Reflections from the Sketch Journals of Rita Swidrowski

Locally Grown, an exhibit of watercolor and ink illustrations with text by Rita Swidrowski, will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library September 7th through October 7th. A Gallery Talk & Reception will take place Thursday, September 29, 2022 3-4:30 PM.


In a series of works that can be compared to the pages of an illustrated book, Rita displays observational sketches and notes, sharing discoveries made from visits to local gardens, gardeners and farm markets over the last several years.

While being in love with and in awe of her subject, Rita is not herself an experienced gardener. In this exhibition she shows how keeping journals can help people to observe, study, express and extend their experience of the world. This show is geared for all ages, and is especially good for students.

At the gallery talk and reception on September 29th, Rita will share more of what she learned in a slide presentation.










About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.