Rockport artist Carol L. Douglas has curated a show of paintings to show in the Picker Room of the Camden Library during the month of December. Douglas previously exhibited in the space in November. Her new exhibition, entitled Fantastic Places & Magical Realms will be on view beginning December 6.
Her former show at the library, entitled Welcome Back to Real Life, included recognizable scenes of life in midcoast Maine, but her new show inverts this former idea to embrace more fantastical imagery.
“I wanted to travel as far as possible from a sense of place, to find themes that are common to all of us, no matter where we live. Fantastic Places & Magical Realms is about places and experiences that aren’t necessarily real, but that we can all identify with,” said Douglas, in a news release.
Douglas was inspired by Northern European Renaissance genre painting.
“Genre painting depicts everyday life and ordinary people,” she said. “But they’re never real places or real people, just stories played out in paint. They often tell a folk tale or relate a moral precept. I wanted to do something similar with landscape paintings.”
The public is invited to meet Douglas at an artist’s reception on Saturday, December 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. The library requests that masks be worn inside the building at all times.