Demers' work, inspired by life, on view at Gibbs Library

Sep 11, 2017
"In Closing," by Matt Demers, is part of a show of the Gardiner-based artist's work at Washington's Gibbs Library.

Washington — The Gibbs Library will exhibit the abstract paintings of Gardiner artist Matt Demers from Thursday, Sept. 7, through Nov. 30.

Growing up in rural Maine, Demers has been creating for as long as he can remember. Primarily self-taught, he uses a wide variety of mediums and techniques, often on unique surfaces, to create his pieces. His background as a graphic designer, sign maker, embroiderer, screen printer, gravedigger and antique dealer influences his work visually and conceptually.

In Demers’ own words, “I draw inspiration from every experience in my life. My work references landscapes, architecture, figure and objects with an emphasis on form and color and the way non-representational objects can spark memories and create new ideas.

"I would describe myself as quiet and reserved, but my artwork has always been a place that I feel comfortable being unrestrained. It has allowed me to connect to people in ways that I otherwise would not. The pieces become a visual memoir of my constantly racing mind. With paint, found objects, text and other materials I create dynamic pieces and invite the viewer to be drawn in and experience the work subjectively.”

Library hours are Monday 4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursday 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.. For more information, call 845-2663.

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