The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College’s summer exhibition, “Tell Me a Story: Folktales and World Cultures,” features more than 75 children’s book illustrations by 13 Maine artists. The exhibition runs through Aug. 12 at 51 Westminster St.

Midcoast artists in the exhibition are Holly Berry of Waldoboro and Melissa Sweet of Rockport. Also included are Ashley Bryan, Islesford; Aileen Darragh, Sanford; Jamie Hogan, Peaks Island; Wendy Kindred, Portland; Holly Meade, Sedgwick; Leane Morin, Augusta; Anne Sibley O’Brien, Peaks Island; Mary Beth Owens, Walpole; Rebekah Raye, Blue Hill; Robert Shetterly, Brooksville; and Helen Stevens, Gardiner.

The illustrations are from more than 30 books representing a variety of cultures, from traditional folktales to others based on true stories. Internationally-known artist Bryan has many illustrations from his award-winning books on African folktales. There is a selection of his puppets made from materials he finds near his home on Islesford, an island off the coast of Maine, and the exhibition features a ongoing video about him.

Represented in the exhibition are books about Uganda, Russia, Thailand, Paris, Korea, Ireland, Bangladesh, Japan, Jamaica, Romania, Ethiopia, Spain, Pacific Northwest, Passamaquoddy Native Americans and others. Running concurrently is “Taiwan Sublime,” a selection of photographs by Huang Ting-sheng, in the Hall Gallery.  The exhibition is touring through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston and also includes several Taiwanese puppets and traditional toys.

The Atrium Art Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 753-6500 or visit

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