Local art teacher Wendy M.L. Libby has achieved lots of things in her 35 year career. But perhaps one of the most exciting accomplishments is the gallery exhibition of her artwork on display at the Bangor Public Library’s Lecture Hall this month during library hours.
Libby has taught art at the Fruit Street Elementary School for 34 years. In that time she has been the recipient of the Bill Bunyon Award in 2000 for making a positive impact on arts education,was recognized as the 2005-2006 Art Educator of the Year, has written three arts education resource books, and illustrated the children’s book, “Kisses to the Angels” by Deborah Marlowe.
The exhibit, which features more than 60 pieces, has been a year in the making. Libby’s art, which predominantly focuses on nature and the use of natural mediums such as fiber, is being shared with the community. Her favorite pieces feature pansies, her favorite flower because of the colors and the “faces” of the pansies.
In addition to the more than 60 pieces of art on the walls, Libby’s books are on display. The choice of the library for her exhibit is a logical outgrowth of her classroom.
“When I am not in the art room I’m in the library,” she said. “I love the connection of stories and art. I also work it backward, we have clubs at school that are called Picturing Writing where we create the art first and then find the stories.”
However, this exhibit is one of the more exciting achievements, she said. In addition, she’s hoping the exhibit allows her students to get even more excited about art.
“My students are always excited to see the samples that I do for them during the demonstrations of the particular art lessons and ask me if I am a ‘real’ artist,” Libby said. “In art classes we often discuss master artists as well as artists in our community as a way for students to learn and understand various styles, techniques and meanings that go along with visual expression. Sharing each other’s art is an important part of each art class before the work is hung in the hallways for other to enjoy.”
The exhibit, “Artwork by Inkle,” is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 29. For more information, visit www.bpl.lib.me.us/2012_artist_libby.html