In September, Rockland artist Kim Bernard installed “BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag),” comprising 300 colorful, reusable, nylon shopping bags, in Rockland Public Library. The sculptural installation celebrates the city passing a ban on single-use plastic bags, as of Jan. 1, in an effort to reduce plastic waste.

The installation will come down and all 300 bags will be given away, free, to the public Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 80 Union St. This project was made possible with a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, including at the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art.

Bernard is a recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, a NEFA grant and several Maine Arts Commission grants; and was an artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015-16 and the artist-in-residence at the University of New England in 2016-17. She currently teaches at the Maine College of Art; and gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist. For more information, visit

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