What is a Maine Story? Chapter Three: Americans Who Tell the Truth

The Bangor Public Library is excited to bring 12 portraits from artist Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series to the library. We have selected portraits of subjects that have deep connections to Maine and its various communities. These portraits will be on display in March of 2024.

In February and March, we will host several related activities:

  • In February and March we will have community portraits on display throughout the library. Be sure to come to our Exhibit Opening Reception for these portraits on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 2 to 3pm.
  • On February 22nd, 6-7:30pm, we will have a screening of the documentary Truth Tellers.  The director, Richard Kane, will be here to answers questions about the film and its creation. Truth Tellers is a documentary film chronicling the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial equity, climate justice and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly.
  • Join us March 9, 2-3:30pm as author Jeri Theriault gives an overview of Franco-American voices, reading excerpts from such works as David Vermette’s A Distinct Alien Race, Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town, and Rhea Côté Robbins’s Wednesday’s Child. She will also discuss her new book, Self-Portrait as Homestead.
  • Meet Robert Shetterly and participate in a hands-on portraiture workshop on March 12, 4-6pm.
  • Join us on March 23, 2-3:30 pm  for a closing event celebrating Shetterly's portraits and the community-submitted works.
  • On march 26th, Emily Burnham will discuss her new book Downtown, Up River which explores photos of Bangor in the 1970s.