Harbor Square Gallery, currently celebrating its 30th year in Midcoast Maine, has announced that Shatema Brooks has joined the gallery staff as Assistant Gallery Director. She will be in charge of community outreach, press relations and market development.

Brooks will work closely with owner and gallery director Thomas O’ Donovan to continue to position Harbor Square Gallery as a premier destination for both art enthusiasts and artists alike.

Brooks, who lives in Rockland and is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a self-proclaimed lover of art. After just a week-long vacation in Maine in December 2003, she was so captivated by the expansive coast, the friendly people and strong sense of community that she decided to make Maine her home. Four months later, on April Fools’ Day 2004, she made the move to Maine.

Prior to joining Harbor Square Gallery, Brooks was and continues to be an active member of the Rockland community. For the past year, she has served on Rockland Main Street Inc.’s promotions committee. She has served as a volunteer model and is on the planning committee for WRFR-LP’s annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction, a fundraiser for Rockland’s community radio station. She is a volunteer and a student of Spanish at the Penobscot School, a center for language learning and cultural exchange located in Rockland. Brooks also has worked as a model for other local events and nationwide advertising campaigns and has plans to pose for a couple of local artists in the near future.

Brooks has a bachelor of science degree from Saint John’s University in Queens, N.Y., and has studied law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. Her professional experience ranges from time spent in investment banking at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City to working as a development coordinator for the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland. In addition to her varied work and education experience, Brooks brings to Harbor Square Gallery a passion for and commitment to preserving and expanding the arts community in Rockland.

Harbor Square Gallery is located in a historic 1912 building at 374 Main St. For more information, contact the Harbor Square Gallery and the Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture at 594-8700 or visit the newly re-launched Web site at HarborSquareGallery.com. Spring hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.