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

The Art of Courage to Dream
Illustrations by Andrés Vera Martínez

April 1 – May 31, 2024

Selected images from the exhibit

About the Exhibit:

Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust is a graphic novel that weaves a gripping, multifaceted tapestry from Jewish folklore and cultural history. Five interlocking narratives explore one common story – the tradition of resistance and uplift. Neal Shusterman and Andrés Vera Martínez are internationally renowned creators who have collaborated on a masterwork that encourages the compassionate, bold reaching for a dream.

Meet the Artist

photo of Andres Vera MartinezAndrés Vera Martínez is a car­toon­ist and illus­tra­tor, and resident of Cape Elizabeth. In addition to Courage to Dream, he is the co-author of the graph­ic mem­oir, Lit­tle White Duck: A Child­hood in Chi­na, and the forthcoming middle-grade graphic novel series, Monster Locker.

Andrés’ work has been rec­og­nized by The Soci­ety of Illus­tra­tors, Amer­i­can Illus­tra­tion, 3×3, Junior Library Guild, Slate Car­toon­ist Stu­dio, School Library Jour­nal, Horn Book Mag­a­zine, NPR, and the New York Times.

Meet Andrés and Learn About His Work

Andrés will be discussing Courage to Dream and the process of creating and publishing graphic novel in a program on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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!