WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, presents an exhibition of oil paintings by Carol Sloane, a founding member of the town of Washington’s art community and gallery spaces. The range and reach of Sloane’s work traces her passion for landscape, portraiture, still life, and marking the passage of time. “Fabric as Vehicle,” which is a collection of her early work, is on display throughout July and August. The reception is Thursday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sloane was born in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Science in fine arts from Skidmore College in 1967 and, in the 1990s, was a student at the Art Students League of New York. Sloane moved to Maine in 1972, first living in Montville and then in Washington, where she resided for 45 years before settling seaside in Rockland five years ago. She has held residencies on Monhegan Island, as well as in Vermont, New Mexico and Ireland. Sloane has exhibited widely in Maine, in both solo and group shows in Washington, Damariscotta, Belfast, Falmouth, Rockland and Portland, including the Maine Jewish Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art when it was in Rockport.

“The idea of using fabric as a detail that draws the eye and satisfies the desire for pattern and color was a big muscle for Matisse, Picasso, and endless other artists,” Sloane said. “I learned to use stripes to describe the volume of a pillow in a basic drawing class back in my early student days and I got seduced by the experience.”

For more information, call the library at (207) 845-2663.