Rockland artist Kitty Smith has unveiled a new exhibit at the Thomaston Public Library, an installation of folk art depicting patron saints. The work is on view until the week of July 11 at the library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The display has icons of nine Christian saints, each incorporating decorative elements of Maine’s natural history. The icons are mounted on 160-year-old Maine spruce wood and are decorated with shells and jewelry.

Smith has been working with folk art actively for the last seven years, and her interest in religious icons goes back to the 1960s when her father brought photos of Russian icons home from a trip to visit family. Smith adds unique elements to each icon, representing particular characteristics of the patron saint being depicted.

The display is part of the library’s Community Displays program, which invites local artists and residents to put up displays of their work or things they have collected. There are no restrictions on who can put up a display, although the library does ask that people obtain a library membership, which is free for Thomaston residents. For more information on the Community Displays program or Smith’s work, contact the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to