Events downtown

May 21

Art Exhibit Opening: “A Search for Truth,” by Raphael Gribetz The BTS Center | 97 India Street 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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All are cordially invited to the opening of The BTS Center’s new art exhibit, which will feature work by Raphael Gribetz (

Originally from New York City, Raphael has lived and worked in Presque Isle, Maine for over 30 years. His art involves primarily painting and sculpture. He earned an MFA from The City University of New York and for many years was the spiritual leader of the Aroostook Hebrew Community in Presque Isle. The themes of his art revolve around questions about spirituality, beauty, and the dilemmas of being human.

According to Raphael, “The work you see at this exhibit was all created in the two years since my beloved wife Nilda, of blessed memory, passed away. Grief’s magnitude and the capacity to sustain myself through the torrents of grief are central themes in this exhibit. The powerful intensity of my grieving was devastating to my capacity to withstand wave after wave of intense weeping. Only through the amazing grace of God was I able to endure the unending storm of grief. In my new awareness of God’s grace, I find myself pursuing God. ‘God, where are you?’ I ask. It is my hope that in viewing this exhibit, you may see my quest to grow nearer to God, to love God, to cherish God’s compassion, and to be blessed in the capacity to search.”

This exhibit will run from May 21 – June 21. Exhibit hours are located at this web address: