Students from eight local schools will show their artwork at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, May 9 during at the annual CMCA School Exhibition. Participating schools this year include Ashwood Waldorf, Camden Hills Regional High, Camden-Rockport Elementary, Camden-Rockport Middle, Children’s House Montessori, Riley, The Community School and Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool.

Each spring, the galleries at CMCA pop with color and creativity, thanks to the imaginative drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber art, jewelry and works in other media created by the towns’ students. While it is a treat for adults to view the wonderful and often spontaneous and insightful artwork of young people, the opportunity to exhibit work is important to students, as well. Carolyn Brown, a teacher in the fine arts department at Camden Hills Regional High School, said that students get very excited to see their work exhibited at CMCA.

“It’s a wonderful space, and seeing the artwork in a public gallery is a great way to celebrate the students’ efforts and achievement in their visual arts classes,” she said.

Amanda Thorndike of Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool concurred, saying “For children to see that we value them as artists helps instill a sense of self-worth that will be an immense benefit for them as they grow into adults.”

There will be an opening reception May 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. with pizza and beverages generously donated by Farmers Fare of Rockport. All are welcome, and there is no charge for the reception or to view the exhibition.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. CMCA will open its regular season Saturday, May 29.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.