WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, is showing works by Tom MacConnell through February. There are three of a series of large untitled watercolors and four large photographic prints. The pieces draw the viewer to enter a fanciful, softly colorful world in the case of the watercolors, while the photographs cast an atmospheric mood as you take in the details. A good way to start the new year!

Artwork by Tom MacConnell

MacConnell has been creating art for more than 50 years, mostly from his home base in Montville. Originally raised in North Carolina and Florida, he struck out for Europe after a year of study with John Roy at Florida State. Over the next few years, he self-educated in the great museums and libraries of Europe as well as studied etching and printmaking at the University of Stockholm.

Upon returning to the States in the mid-’60s, MacConnell’s interest turned to photography. He photographed widely across the US and Mexico, especially Maine, New Orleans and Seattle. He was influenced strongly by photographer Ernst Haas who was his teacher and friend. In 1996, MacConnell returned to painting, with large oil and acrylic paintings dominating his work. Most recently he has returned to watercolors and has steadily produced in his Montville studio.

Past exhibits include Colby College Museum of Art (photography), Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport (photography and painting), and the Gibbs Library.

Artwork by Tom MacConnell

A reception may be announced at the close of the show if the COVID risk level comes down. Call 207-845-2663 for more information.