During March, Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220, presents a whimsical series of attic window paintings by local artist Jean Kigel.

Once common in New England, attics are now nearly obsolete architectural structures. These inclement, inhospitable spaces were reserved for storage of family belongings — financial records in neatly tied bundles, gilded photos, dusty clocks, and packed sea chests.

“There’s something romantic about attic windows as they peer into the past,” said Kigel, who has fond memories of exploring her family attic on North Pond Road in Warren.

There, she found wearable handknit sweaters, moldy collections by Jack London, yellowed penmanship books, a Seth Thomas Clock and an Elias Howe sewing machine.

In Kigel’s paintings, the viewer is invited to take a look from the street up to attic windows to imagine the history within. To find her subjects, Kigel walks Midcoast Maine towns including Waldoboro, Thomaston, Warren, Brunswick, Rockland and Damariscotta, looking for unusual attic windows. Her favorites are shaped like crescent moons, octagons and decorative multi-panes. In her compositions, Kigel tilts and clusters colors and shapes of rooftops to create architectural communities.

Kigel’s “Whimsical Attic Windows of Mid-coast Maine” may be seen Mondays and Thursday s from noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 832-4484.

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