The art show season in the Cushing Historical Society’s barn is extending into September with “Ripples,” featuring the work of students from two prominent schools of art, one in Germany and the other in the United States.

“Ripples” will open with a 5 to 7:30 p.m. reception Friday, Sept. 7 at the barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road. It will continue Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Isaac Gerard, who attends the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I., will show prints and Philipp Ruhr, Henning Fehr and Alex Bornschein, who attend Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Germany, will contribute a show-in-a-suitcase. Exhibiting work with them, courtesy of the Caldbeck Gallery of Rockland, is Nancy Glassman of Searsmont. All of the artists are connected through the Watershed School: Gerard and Ruhr were students of Glassman, a founding faculty member and art teacher.

Ruhr was the first of many foreign exchange students to go to the Watershed School, where his chalkboard cartoons became something of a legacy. Students responsible for daily cleaning and maintenance of the school have, year after year, preserved a chalk-on-blackboard drawing he left behind in 2003. When the Lincoln Street Center was closed this summer, and Watershed had to find a new building, students figured out a way to move the drawing (on slate) to their new school location in Camden. In the 10 years since attending Watershed, Ruhr has regularly visited Maine, often with art school friends, and often gets together with Gerard and Glassman.

“Teaching is like throwing a pebble into the water and watching where the ripples go. These friends and former students found their passions in art and are moving outward in different directions. Now, we learn from each other and share with others around us,” said Glassman, who has taught art for more than 35 years.

For more information about the show, call (201) 322-9147. More information about the Watershed Community School can be found at

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