Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main St./Route 131, will feature the works of artists Luise Van Keuren and Franciska Needham Friday, Sept. 16, through Nov. 18.

The public is invited to a 5 to 7 p.m. reception for the artists Saturday, Sept. 17, where they will have the opportunity to view the artwork and speak with the artists while enjoying light refreshments.

The library will display pieces that exhibit the beauty of Maine's flowers and the gardens that host them. Luise van Keuren studied art at Manchester College, Carnegie Museum of Art, Maine College of Art and other institutions.  She began her career as a scene painter for a professional theater and later worked as an illustrator for various publications. After her role as a college professor in the humanities designing sets, she spent 10 years as director of a multi-arts professional public arts series.

For the past three years, van Keuren has been artist-in-residence on Nantucket in a residency focusing on painting the island's preserved lands.  Her interest in Maine flora focuses on people in gardens and on natural and "gone wild" flora, always painted from life. Her still life work comes from flowers gathered and painted in the studio, especially the historic flora of Clark Island. It has been exhibited in Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.

Like most artists, Needham was attracted to art from childhood. She attended a high school dedicated to the arts in New York City, continued her studies at the Art Students' League in the city and continued her education at Pratt Institute of Art. Needham moved to Maine and became the owner and manager of her own gallery, exhibiting her work as well as art by her client artists.

Needham’s art reflects a strong interest in painting from life. She has pursued a fascination with gardens and flowers painted at the homes of friends and numerous plein air locations in coastal Maine. Her work has been shown in the Farnsworth Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Arts Festival and many more venues on the East Coast.

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