The downtown Camden Public Library will host “A Place Called Humbravana,” an exhibition featuring the work of the late Imero Gobbato, during the month of November. An Introduction to Humbravana will be presented by Gobbato’s friend and studio assistant, Rose Willson, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

Originally from Italy, Gobbato was an imaginative, talented and prolific artist who lived and worked in Camden for many years. All his life, he created paintings, drawings, prints, carvings, boats, models and music. He is best known for his highly collected, light-filled paintings, reflecting his love of the rocky shores of Midcoast Maine. As an illustrator of children’s books, he also attracted a following of admirers who still cherish the whimsical storybook characters he brought to life.

Gobbato also designed several yachts, one of which is the ketch Angelique of Camden Harbor. Yet all the while he was earning a living from these creative endeavors, part of him was in another world … his world … a place called Humbravana (pronounced hoom-brah-vah-nah).

The November exhibit is an introduction into Gobbato’s observation of the land, people, creatures and way of life of the mythical land of Humbravana; and explores the thoughts, ideas and personal philosophy of the artist’s journey. Featured are original paintings, drawings, hand-pulled prints and digital reproductions, as well a selection of some authentic Humbravanian memorabilia.

For more information, contact Camden Public Library at 236-3440, or visit

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