Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., is hosting "Exiled Art," landscape and wildlife paintings by recently returned Maine State Prison inmate Joel Fuller. The show, sponsored by the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, will be displayed through July 31.

Fuller was imprisoned for life in 1993 after convictions for two drug-related murders-for-hire in Waldo County, in 1984 and 1985. Following discovery of an apparent escape plot by the prisoner that year, Fuller was transferred to a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., where he stayed for the next 20 years. A court later dismissed the “escape” charge. In February 2013, Fuller returned to Maine State Prison, after termination of his exile was approved by Maine Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte.

During his years in Pennsylvania, Fuller taught himself the art of scenery and wildlife painting. He produced and donated to charity auctions more than 200 acrylic works during that time; and painted a mural on the wall of the Lewisburg prison that remains a featured attraction for prison visitors.

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition does not condone Fuller's crimes or question his life sentence. However, MPAC believes incarcerated Mainers and their families retain certain human rights and that, with few exceptions, those rights are best maintained by incarcerating Mainers in their home state.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or