Belfast, Camden student work at PMA

Mar 02, 2014
Rachel Parziale’s water-based oil “Fall's Rust” is one of two works by Belfast Area High School art students going on view at Portland Museum of Art.

Portland — For the past 20 years, Portland Museum of Art has partnered with the Maine Art Education Association to present the annual Youth Art Month exhibition each March. This popular show of K-12 student artwork from across the state coincides with National Youth Art Month, which was started in 1961 with the goals of emphasizing the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality school art programs.

The Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA is an annual tradition that is eagerly anticipated by visual arts educators, students and museum audiences. With artwork from Greenville to Skowhegan to York, it is truly a statewide event with more than 100 teachers and students participating each year.

This year’s exhibition will go on view Saturday, March 8, and run through April 6 on the third floor of the downtown museum, 7 Congress Square. There will be a celebratory reception Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Several Midcoast students have work in this year’s show, two from Belfast Area High School and one from Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. Selected were “Within Reach,” a silver gelatin photographic print by Camden Hills’ Sean Manning, a student of Carolyn Brown; "Nude with Dog" by Belfast’s Kelsey Grass, a student of Charles Hamm; and “Fall's Rust,” a water-based oil painting by Belfast’s Rachel Parziale, a student of Heidi O'Donnell.

Portland Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, when admission is free for all. For more information, visit

Sean Manning’s “Within Reach” is a silver gelatin photographic print executed as part of his Camden Hills Regional High School studies. (Photo by: Sean Manning)
Kelsey Grass' charcoal drawing "Nude with Dog" is the other Belfast Area High School student work in this year’s Youth Art Month show.
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