Camden National Bank sponsors the Portland Public Library art exhibition

PORTLAND – Camden National Bank is pleased to celebrate the opening of Portland Public Library’s newest exhibition, A Blue: Daniel Minter and the Layered Narrative of Illustration. The free exhibition explores the children’s book art of Coretta Scott King and award-winning illustrator Daniel Minter. The exhibition will be on view at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery through December 31.

“It is an honor to work with Portland Public Library to make this exhibition possible as supporting our community is an important part of our culture at Camden National Bank,” said Greg Dufour, President and Chief Executive Officer of Camden National Bank . “We look forward to sharing this remarkable exhibit with the public and seeing how these beautiful illustrations connect families and neighbors as we help educate and enrich our communities.”

Minter invokes African, West Indian, and Afro-Latin American cultures and religious life as influences in his work, thereby expanding the visual vocabulary of African American art. The exhibition features illustrations from Minter’s books Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk to Freedom, Going Down Home with Daddy, The Women Who Caught the Babies , Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Teaching the World Kindness, Ellen’s Broom, Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, and The Foot Warmer and the Crow.

Also included in the exhibit are the pieces he created for US Postal Service Kwanzaa stamps in 2004 and 2011.

“We feel so lucky to host this important and beautiful work,” said Rachael Harkness, Curator of the Gallery and Special Programs. “Daniel Minter has contributed to children’s literature for decades and his visual art is exhibited nationally and internationally. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate his contributions to the world of illustration in his own community.”

The Portland Public Library is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-3. The Lewis Gallery is on the lower level and is accessible during library hours.

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