PANORAMA: Gordon Carlisle


York Public Library presents “Panorama,” featuring the work of Eliot artist Gordon Carlisle. The show runs July 2 through August 29, with a reception and artist talk July 9 from 5:00 to 7:00.

Gordon Carlisle has been actively involved as a visual artist in the greater Portsmouth area since 1982. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, printmaking), he makes his living as a visual artist, creating not only Public Art murals and paintings but theatrical set design, portraits, graphics and illustration as well.  He was a member of Portsmouth’s Mural Works for ten years before starting his own business in 1994.

To date, Carlisle has completed over 40 Public Art commissions across New England. Sixteen have been Percent for Art grants in Maine and New Hampshire, and two were New Hampshire Community Arts Residencies. Included among these have been commissions for hospitals, health clinics, veterans and nursing homes, colleges and schools, state agencies, discovery centers, restaurants, courthouses, a youth development center, a planetarium, a dance hall, a bank, a seafood export company and the cities of Skowhegan, ME, and Manchester and Somersworth, NH. Additionally, he has participated in ten major church, courthouse and library redecorations and restorations around New England.

In 1999, Carlisle was awarded a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for his accomplishment as a muralist.

With eleven solo and over fifty-five group exhibitions under his belt, this award winning artist continues to produce a wide variety of art in his studio in Eliot, Maine. These include paintings in oils and acrylics on a variety of surfaces, watercolors and drawings on paper, repurposed Paint-By-Number paintings, collage and assemblage. Carlisle is currently featured in ten collections, and his work has been exhibited across the United States.

This exhibit will convey the forty plus year “panorama” of Carlisle’s visual art output, including Public Art, theatrical design, paintings, collages, and illustrations.

“Panorama: Gordon Carlisle” runs July 2 through August 29, with an opening reception and artist talk July 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine, open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Coming in September:  Brian Wagoner (known as Bunkt) and Ned Roche


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About York Public Library Exhibits

When you stroll into the York Public Library (YPL) to find a book, read a magazine, work at a computer, or attend a meeting or program, you will undoubtedly discover more than you expected. In fact, you will have an opportunity to see major exhibitions by some of the area’s most talented artists, past and present. The art is displayed throughout the Library.

The exhibits at the York Public Library include a broad range of art and represent artists from York, Eliot, the Berwicks, Ogunquit and the Portsmouth area. The common denominator is the quality of the work. Exhibits run the gamut and have included sculpture, fiber art, and traditional, abstract, and contemporary art. Our goal is to reach not only those who have a strong interest in art but also patrons who may or may not visit museums and galleries on a regular basis.

One of the highlights on the calendar is the “Student Art Show” held each year in April. The show features art created by young people in York from kindergarten through high school and is designed to foster excellence in art for generations to come.  

Every year the Library mounts a group show called “Community Collects”.  This show features the work of one or more well-known local artists from the past. Collectors from the area generously lend pieces from their personal collections during this three-month long exhibit.

The York Public Library (YPL) Art Committee

The YPL Art Committee, composed of a small group of volunteers, selects and organizes six exhibits throughout the year. Committee members are knowledgeable in the field and familiar with the reputations of artists in our area.  An Opening Reception is hosted by the Committee for each exhibit during which the artists are invited to give an informal talk about their creative process. Exhibits are by invitation. For more information contact