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LAND MARKS Exhibition: three-decades of landscape inspirations

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LAND MARKS: three-decades of landscape inspirations
Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, Maine
Lecture Hall Gallery from July 2 – July 30 (Closed July 4 and weekends)
Mon – Thurs 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM • Fri 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening reception is Thursday, July 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM


LAND MARKS is a current exhibition by Richard Reitz Smith showing a collection of work created over the past 30 years. The show explores nature and place as metaphor. The paintings, drawings and prints spiritually and psychologically investigate places of significance in the artist’s life. Each works act like a window —a type of documentation of a moment of a journey. The total body of work becomes evidence of goals reached or of ones trying to be attained. Reoccurring themes of expansive valleys and hill crests where earth meets sky explore the metaphor of nature.

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania in a small village nestled in a valley of the Appalachian foothills, Smith was surrounded by the seasonal effects on nature. “The hills simultaneously protected me from the outside world, yet kept me from it. The sky was a source of wonderment; a constant connection to the world beyond the crest of the hills, but ever-changing.” Studying nature, he found truths that applied to his life.

Smith studied fine art at Carnegie Mellon University with colorist Sam Gilliam, thematic and figurative painter Mary Weidner and draftsman Herbert Olds. To that education, he brings inspirations of the Transcendentalist traditions, the Romantic painters, and brush work and color techniques of the Fauvists and Impressionists.

These 50 works start with depictions of the village of his childhood and explore landmark periods from the artist’s life over the next three decades. Currently, Maine is home, but places (like the greater New York City area; Sedona, Arizona, the Caribbean, and various regions of Italy) and events (of discovery, attainment and loss) have shaped the stories and lessons within the images.

The show is on view the month of July at the Bangor Public Library’ s Lecture Hall Gallery and includes acrylic, encaustic, watercolor, pastel, graphite and various printmaking mediums like strappo, lithography, wood engraving, drypoint etching and more.

Please email the artist at with any questions or for more information.

“Bleak Mid-winter- Foxes by the Ash Trees” Acrylic on Panel, 15″ x 11″, 2011
“Almost Clear Over the Meadow” Acrylic on Canvas- diptych, 36″ x 48″ 2014
“Rockport Harbor” Acrylic on Panel, 25″ x 21″ 2012
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