Wohler’s work at Camden Library

Dec 31, 2017
“Windy Day I,” a circa 1990 oil on canvas by Libby Wohler, is part of the late artist’s exhibition at Camden Public Library.

Camden — The January exhibition of Libby Wohler’s work at the Camden Public Library is the first since 2003. It has been mounted by her daughter Christina, of Camden, who will host an opening reception at the library Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. The artwork will remain on display for the month of January in the Picker Room.

Wohler moved to Cushing from Akron, Ohio, with her husband Leonard in 1975. Although she had painted before moving to Maine, the beauty she found here stimulated an explosion of creativity that lasted until a few years before her death from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.

Wohler’s primary medium was oil on canvas and paper. The work on paper often took the form of monotypes, one-of-a-kind prints created by painting on glass and transferring the image to paper. Sometimes she would make variations on these prints by repainting on the glass or adding paint to the print afterward.

Wohler’s primary focus was on land and sea themes, although she also painted interiors, initially inspired by the houses in which she stayed during annual trips to Maine’s outer islands, mostly Criehaven. In the monotypes, it is especially possible to see her spiritual connection to Maine’s magnificent and varied landscapes and seascapes — things that gave her great joy.

Wohler exhibited widely in Maine during her creative years including at the Caldbeck Gallery, The Courier-Gazette, the Farnsworth Art Museum (Charles L. Fox purchase prize), Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, Portland Museum of Art (Maine Biennial), Huston-Tuttle Gallery, Bowdoin College and the Chocolate Church in Bath.

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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