Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road in the village, is showcasing the work of Megan Lewis through Sept. 6. A Washington artist, Lewis works in graphite and charcoal; and her art work focuses on raptors.

Lewis said that while she appreciates the beauty of color in nature, she finds that grayscale drawings more accurately capture the complexities behind texture and shadows. Nonetheless, her interpretation is definitely more realistic than abstract.

“I am fascinated by intricate detail, and capturing subject matter as accurately as possible is an important goal for me,” she said. Also important to her art are environmental issues. Lewis spent two years in the Wildlife Biology program at Unity College, developing a fondness for birds of prey. While she has always loved to study the animals on and around her farm, from barn swallows and foxes to domestic chickens, she soon found that most of her interest fell on raptors.

“Through learning about their ecology, I felt the need to capture their intellect and beauty on paper,” she said. “Art allows me to preserve what I value in nature, and persuade others to develop an appreciation for wildlife, as well as a desire to preserve those same species.”

The Gibbs Library is open Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 845-2663.

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