WALDOBORO — Throughout the month of July, Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., will have works by Waldoboro artist Joyce Eames Steel on display. The exhibit features a collection of paintings, assemblages and mixed media pieces, all done solely in black and white.

Regarding these works, Steel said, “Lights and darks, playing off one-another, have such a fundamental role in art and design. Working strictly in black and white allows you to express the visual power of contrast by concentrating on basic design elements like form and shape, value and space.”

Born into a family of artists, Steel began her art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she majored in printmaking. She holds a degree in design from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford (Conn.); studied painting and book design at Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy; and earned her teaching certification at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. Her varied career includes teaching art in both private and public education, working in the graphic design field and administrative positions in both the non-profit sector and in social services. She continues to instruct art classes in the Midcoast for children and adults.

Of her personal artistic process, Steel said, “I’ve always experimented with different approaches and materials in my art — never completely settling upon a singular style or technique. In my representational work, these choices may be based on an emotion or energy a particular location or subject awakens in me. In other works, I often allow the process to lead me. I find I discover the direction I’m going in, and the tools I wish to use, through the flow of the work.”

Steel has exhibited her work at various galleries and shows, both in Maine and throughout New England and in New York state. She currently exhibits at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta.

“Broken Dreams” by Joyce Eames Steel.