Mary Bastoni-Hummingbird

The art of Mary Bastoni, including these hummingbirds, will be on display at Conway Public Library. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Mary Bastoni-Rebmann has been a resident of the Mount Washington Valley for more than 34 years. She has been highly regarded and extremely active in her career as a classical voice, music and theater educator and performer.

When Bastoni-Rebmann is not consumed with teaching at the University of Southern Maine and Mountain Top Music or inspiring others by directing theater productions, she is immersing herself in her love for creating art.

Come to the Ham Room of the Conway Public Library from now through October and enjoy Bastoni-Rebmann’s works in pastel, acrylic and oil. Her paintings and drawings are diverse and include plein air, wildlife images, human portraits and various other scenes capturing the beautiful, natural world.

Her work is available for purchase by contacting Bastoni-Rebmann directly at (603) 986-2221 or emailing She will hold an artist’s reception in the Ham Room on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Local libraries are celebrating the annual One Book One Valley community read for 2019. This year’s book selection is “Becoming Nicole: The inspiring Story of Transgender Actor-Activist Nicole Maines and Her Extraordinary Family,” by Amy Ellis Nutt. It is available for check out at your local library, and while you are reading it, be sure to mark your calendars for the various events being held around the valley to support the theme of the book.

The Conway Public Library is hosting an LGBTQ+ Awareness Panel Discussion on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. This will be a way to open conversation and provide awareness about issues and questions facing LGBTQ populations.

The panel will include some individuals representing perspectives, as well as members of medical and mental health services who have experience serving transgender individuals. All are welcome, and respectful questions and conversational input is encouraged. Go to for a full listing of community read events.

For more information about the Conway Public Library, go to, call (603) 447-5552, follow them on Facebook and Instagram or stop in at 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway.

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