THOMASTON — A display of watercolor paintings by local artist Kevin Smith has been installed at the Thomaston Public Library as part of the Community Displays Program. Smith, a self-taught artist, installed the exhibit on April 12, where it will be on display through mid-May.
Smith’s artwork is mainly informed by his upbringing in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Many scenes in his paintings come from frequent hikes and camping trips in that area. Smith uses a blend of traditional styles in his work, and recently has been studying how to blend Chinese painting techniques into his paintings.
Smith’s artwork joins several other new displays in the Thomaston Public Library. In one of the small display cases on the lower level of the library, a Thomaston resident has put together a unique collection of Cracker Jacks toys from the 1950s. In another case are two working model catapults owned by librarian Brian Sylvester. Elsewhere, the Thomaston Historical Society has a display of winter pasttimes from Thomaston’s history — soon to be replaced with a display on Thomaston in the Civil War. “Anything and everything can potentially be a display,” Sylvester said.
Library members interested in creating a display may call the library at 354-2453.