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September/October 2008 Art Exhibit

works by Brenda Ferguson

Visit the artist's online gallery!

     Throughout the month of September 2008, Dixmont, Maine artist Brenda Ferguson will exhibit her original pastel paintings at the Rochester Public Library. The month long exhibit is open to the public and will remain on display from September 2-30,2008 during regular library hours.

     The show will feature approximately forty of the artist's latest works including landscapes and still lifes inspired by her rural Dixmont surroundings. All paintings are original works of art and are available for purchase.

     Brenda is a former teacher of hearing impaired students and speech-language clinician. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with degrees in elementary education and speech therapy and holds a Master's Degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D. C. Brenda was employed in public schools for nineteen years, fourteen as a speech therapist at the Etna-Dixmont School in Maine.

     In 2002 she resigned from her teaching position to pursue a career as a fine artist on a full time basis. Brenda is a self-taught artist and works primarily in soft pastels. Her work hangs in private collections throughout the United States and abroad in France and Iceland. Through her web site, she has received feedback from all around the world.

     Brenda has had several solo exhibitions. Her art was featured in a six-page article in the July 2004 issue of American Artist magazine along with an interview. Recent awards include first place in the pastel category at the Bangor Art Society's 2005 juried competition and The Hunter Award for Excellence in the 2006 show. A recent corporate commission involved creating a 14' x 32' polyptich for Penn Nat'l Gaming's casino at Hollywood Slots in Bangor, Maine opened in June, 2008.

     In addition to painting daily and exhibiting her work, Brenda conducts school visits for children, teaches pastel painting workshops for adults, and hosts an annual studio open house. She lives with her family in Dixmont, Maine.

     For more information about this and other events, to view more of her work and demonstrations of how she paints with pastels please visit her web site,

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The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 S. Main St. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. For additional information, call 603.332.1428. For directions to RPL, click here.