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Bangor Public Library Provides Avenue for Local Artist Exhibits

Posted Dec. 05, 2013, at 8:53 a.m.
Barn as painted by Clyde Folsom
Barn as painted by Clyde Folsom

Library Features Artist Clyde Folsom in Lecture Hall Gallery

[Bangor, ME] December 4, 2013 – The Bangor Public Library consistently serves as a platform for Maine artists to showcase their work. With over 800 people per day visiting the Library, artists are exposed to an audience they may not otherwise reach. The Lecture Hall Gallery in December is featuring local Clyde Folsom. The exhibit is open to the public through the end of the month.

Folsom’s watercolor painting exhibit depicts views often seen around Maine. From old farm equipment familiar to Maine farms, to depictions of lighthouses along the coast, each painting is done with the fine detail that leaves many observers in awe that it is transparent watercolors. Striving for photorealism in his work, Folsom includes as much detail as possible in each painting in an attempt to achieve his goal of realism.

A native of Millinocket, Folsom currently resides in Bangor with his wife and fellow artist, Carolyn. A self-taught artist, he started painting at 38 after being inspired by the artistic accomplishments of his wife. His first painting was of an old brass cup retrieved from a neighbor’s rubbish. Attaching it to an old barn board, he spent three months completing a painting and was hooked.

Although his early paintings were primarily acrylic and pastel, Folsom now works exclusively with watercolors. An avid outdoorsman, Folsom’s subjects are drawn almost exclusively from his native surroundings. Folsom has received numerous awards, including several Purchas Prize Awards at the WLBZ2 Sidewalk Art Festival and Best of Show at the Waterville Sidewalk Art Festival (2012). In addition to painting, Folsom has taught in Maine High Schools for several years, served with the United States Marine Corps, and in 1965 joined the staff at the University of Maine’s Counseling Center until his retirement in 1997. A man of many talents, Clyde Folsom is also well known in Central and Northern Maine as a Maine Humorist and Storyteller.

Patrons are invited to view the work of all artists during regular business hours. The Library is open Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays/Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information can be found at www.bangorpubliclibrary.org.

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