The Stier Family Gallery, on the library’s lower level, hosts exhibitions that offer great variety of media, topics, and artists that educate, inform, or entertain the community. Information about our current exhibit is below, followed by information on how to apply to exhibit your work in our gallery.

Currently On Display

In Celebration of Film
Photographs by Claudia Dricot
February 1 – March 31, 2023

Selected Works from the Exhibit

Artist’s Statement

Although thoroughly immersed in the world of digital photography, I decided to show some work of a type that is rarely seen these days. All the photographs in this show have been made on either color transparency (slide) film or black & white negative film. No image has been digitally altered or enhanced. There has been no scanning, no Photoshop.

The black & white photographs are hand-printed silver gelatin prints created in the darkroom, using traditional darkroom techniques.

The color photographs are Cibachrome prints – the only process for producing photographic prints directly from color transparency film. They are known for image clarity, color purity, and being an archival process able to produce critical accuracy to the original transparency. The surface layer of Cibachrome is exceptionally smooth, giving prints a high gloss finish. Because the light reflectance in the material is more directional, prints viewed at an angle can exhibit a metallic appearance.

About the Artist

Claudia Dricot discovered photography in college and has not put down her camera since. She developed her skills at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Since moving to Maine in 1991, she has mastered many types of subject matter and has successfully explored a wide range of styles, from classical to abstract, always with an eye toward the graphic. She has traveled widely and is drawn to documenting the everyday life of each place she visits, looking for beauty in unexpected places. Her fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries and shows and is held in private collections around the country as well as internationally.

Learn more about Claudia and her work by visiting her website here.

Information for Prospective Artists/Exhibitors

The Stier Family Gallery consists of two wall display areas (with a rail/cord hanging system) and a large display case divided into 5 segments. More detailed space plans are available in the gallery application.

  • All interested artists are strongly encouraged to make a site visit prior to submitting a proposal. Artists are able to use part or all of the gallery space available. Please note, if an artist is only using part of the space (i.e. only the display cases), another artist’s work may be displayed elsewhere in the Gallery.
  • Any interested party in utilizing the gallery must submit an application to the Library Director. 
  • Applications are accepted any time of year. Exhibits are scheduled on a “first come, first serve” basis. Please note that at times of high demand, the gallery may be scheduled months in advance.
  • Given the public viewing of the gallery, the subject matter of any show must be appropriate for children as well as adults, therefore explicit images are not permitted in gallery shows. The Library Director reserves the right to reject or remove any material(s) that seem incongruent with the public nature of the gallery. In the event that the Library Director rejects or removes any material(s) for exhibit, that decision is final.

Click here for more information or to apply!