Not Far From Home: From the Sketchbooks of Rita Swidrowski
Through her drawn and written sketchbook journals, Rita enjoys deepening her visual and personal experiences, and recording the things she learns and discovers each day. Moments in time get transformed into personal stories and memories get preserved.
Sketches in “Not Far From Home” include locations from Acadia National Park, to Belfast and Midcoast Maine, Rita’s current home, to South Portland, her home for many years.
Rita is a retired art teacher and enjoys encouraging others to journal and sketch. As a result of Rita’s first show at the Belfast Free Library a Sketchers Group began meeting monthly at the Library. The format was recently expanded to include other art subjects and the meetings are now facilitated by various participants. It is now called The Belfast Free Art Group. Some of the ongoing participants organize separate weekly sketch group trips to various sites such as gardens, lakes, mountains, farms, cafés, and our coastline.
The next Library Art Group meeting will be on August 14 from 2-4. Come join us, it is free and open to the public!
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.