Bill Ryan Art Gallery

Bill Ryan Memorial Children's Book Art Collection
Bill Ryan
 
The Bill Ryan Memorial Children's Book Art Collection was established in May 1998 by the Friends of the Wells Public Library. The collection was created with memorial donations given to the library after Mr. Ryan's death. Bill Ryan had been a longtime member of the Wells Public Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Wells Public Library.
 
This collection introduces children to original art, letting them see the creative process and fostering recognition of talented Maine artists.  It is visible in the children's area of the library during library hours.  Near the collection you will find a permanent display of copies of the children's books for which the artwork was created. Circulating copies are also available.
 
The collection includes the work of these artists:
Mimi Gregoire Carpenter
Barbara Cooney
Cathryn Falwell
Kevin C. Hawkes
Dahlov Ipcar
Jennifer A. Loomis
Kathy Mallat
Laura Rankin
Melissa Sweet
Matt Tavares
Wade Zahares
 
The library is very grateful to the Friends of the Wells Public Library for this unique collection and invites the public to visit the gallery.