Gallant Paintings Featured in Library for First Friday Art Walk

January 26, 2018

The works of Caribou’s Martin Gallant will be featured by the Edmunds Library at Northern Maine Community College during the next First Friday Art Walk in Presque Isle on February 2.

The First Friday Art Walk began in 2010 as a year-round event where people can meet, unwind and enjoy works by local artists. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided stroll through downtown Presque Isle and the college galleries to hear live music, meet local authors and artists and experience the heart of our community.

“Wave Worn” by Martin Gallant Acrylic 32″x46″
Gallant finds his inspiration from the Maine landscape.

This is the third time NMCC will participate in the event according to Gail Roy, Assistant Dean of Learning Resources.

“Libraries provide spaces for people to meet, learn, collaborate and discover and are excellent venues for art exhibits,” said Roy. “The First Friday Art Walks are a wonderful way to bring people together to experience art and meet the artist. Library events like the Art Walk, provide NMCC students with learning opportunities outside of the classroom and offer community and campus collaboration.”

Gallant, who is a retired school counselor, works in acrylics and watercolors. The focus of his work is Maine landscapes, from the coast to the potato fields of Aroostook County.

“The land reflects the character of many Mainers,” he said. “Independent, stoic proud, individualistic and real are the qualities we share with the land. Being open every day to the fleeting glimpses of this forested, wind and sea worn state is a visual joy.”

Gallant will be on hand to discuss his work from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, February 2.

“The Edmunds Library appreciates the opportunity to host and highlight the work of local artists,” added Roy.

Gallant’s work will remain on display at the library until March 21 and can be viewed during regular hours.