The Thomaston Public Library is displaying the handmade art books of Thomaston artist Cynthia Motian McGuirl during the month of August.

McGuirl works with her own original prints, drawings, hammered copper and marbled papers. She combines traditional methods with punching and stitching to assemble her books. McGuirl also is showing books under construction, to show the processes involved in building a book.

McGuirl recently exhibited at the University of Southern Maine’s Book Arts Bazaar in Portland; and in “Handmade Artists’ Books” at Maine Fiberarts in Brunswick. She teaches at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and at her home studio in Thomaston. Her books are currently represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers in Birmingham, Ala. For more information, visit

The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours: weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays); and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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