WASHINGTON — The Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, presents an art show by Connie Bellet entitled “Legends and Legacies” on view through January and February. Many of the paintings have songs that go with them, which were recorded by Phil White Hawk and were part of a touring multimedia performance called “Inspirada Americana.”

Bellet has been drawing and painting since she could walk, mainly focusing on her animal friends at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s no wonder that she had a double major in Art and Biology at Grinnell College and the University of Minnesota. Upon moving to
Spokane, Wash., she accepted a job as public relations director of the Walk in the Wild Zoo and was assistant manager of the Vanishing Species Pavilion at Expo ’74, where she and her teacher, Rainbow Touraine, also hung a showing of their wildlife paintings.

Shortly after that, Bellet teamed up with her husband, singer/songwriter Phil White Hawk, and she painted the Native American legends and songs that White Hawk composed for their touring live multimedia concerts. Several of these major paintings are on display.

Bellet is also a modern master of the ancient art of scrimshaw, which will also be on display. She has carved designs on everything from elk teeth to walrus tusks and legal elephant ivory. Her wildlife scenes have gained an intercontinental audience and won
prizes in international scrimshaw shows.

“My art is my legacy,” said Bellet. “I want to bring beauty and an appreciation of nature to people through my art.”

For library hours or more information, visit gibbslibrary.org or call 207-845-2663.

“Arthur” is wood burned on cedar and colored with oil pencil by Connie Bellet.

“Between the Future and the Past” is an oil on canvas with a velvet frame by Connie Bellet.