Oakes art at Gibbs Library

Jul 11, 2017
“Crows” is a watercolor portrait by Washington artist Rachel Feero Oakes.

Washington — The Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, is featuring the artwork of Rachel Feero Oakes through Sept. 5. The exhibit offers watercolor works of birds, flowers, landscapes and images for an unfinished children’s book.

Oakes was born and raised in Maine, although her travels have taken her all over the United States, as well as Italy and the Czech Republic. She inherited her love of art from her mother, an artist and wildlife woodcarver. Oakes attended Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk and the Academy of Carlo Pittore in Bowdoinham; and has studied and worked with many coastal Maine artists.

Her work includes portraits, figurative art, botanical and wildlife studies, and sculpture. She works mostly in watercolor and ink, and sculpts in stone and clay. She recently branched out into photography, at first as a means of creating reference material for paintings but is now beginning to pursue it as an art form.

Oakes lives in Washington with her husband and three children. She is grateful that her art allows her to work from home while caring for and homeschooling their children.

Gibbs Library is open Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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