The Estelle Saastamoinen Memorial Library is celebrating the work of the late artist and Cushing resident Bernard "Blackie" Langlais through a small exhibit donated to the town by Colby College and the Kohler Foundation.

An open house of the exhibit was held July 12. Concurrently, “Bernard Langlais,” the first scholarly retrospective of the artist’s work, will be on view Saturday, July 19, through Jan. 4 at the Colby Museum.

The library will permanently display five pieces.

Constructing what he called an “environmental complex,” Langlais completely integrated his life and work in the last decade of his career.

When Langlais’ widow, Helen, died in 2010, she left his 90-acre estate and a large bequest of works to the Colby Museum. More than 170 artworks from this gift joined Colby’s collection, and the Museum worked with the Kohler Foundation and the Georges River Land Trust to ensure that additional artworks and portions of the property are maintained going forward. This partnership includes developing the Langlais Art Trail, a mapping project that outlines the distribution of nearly 3,000 additional pieces of the artist’s work to museums, public libraries, schools and other nonprofit institutions across Maine.