Library exhibits watercolors done by nonagenarian

Posted Dec. 17, 2012, at 8:48 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 20, 2012, at 2:49 p.m.

Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 28, 2012; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bangor Public Library, Harlow Street, Bangor , Maine

Contact: Ency Whitehill ; 207-866-2545


BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Public Library has on exhibit through Friday, Dec. 28, in the second floor gallery a watercolor exhibit, displaying paintings done over the last 12 years by 93-year-old artist, Marie Whitehill-Mairhuber, who died Nov. 22.

In 1963 Marie began to teach kindergarten in the Bangor School system. She decided to take up oil painting with encouragement from the late Phil Brockway, a well known Bangor artist. She took a night course every couple of years until family sicknesses sidetracked her endeavors. She learned to paint with watercolors long after she retired, taking night classes with artist Mike Vermette. Eventually she convinced her husband, John, to join her in learning to paint.

After 44 years of living in Orono, she moved to Sunbury Village, a retirement complex in Bangor. After the death of her second husband in 2006, she found more time for painting, completing most of her work in between her hospitalization, rehabilitation, medical visits and days of complete inertia. She had been painting and preparing for more than a year for the exhibit. She died eight days before her paintings were hung for the exhibit.

Her obituary may be found in Nov. 28 edition of the Bangor Daily News. For information, contact her daughter Ency Whitehill at or 207-866-2545.