Local work in PMA’s Youth Art exhibition

Mar 20, 2017
Belfast Area High School junior Grace Bonarrigo’s digital photograph “Controlled Flames” is part of Youth Art Month at PMA.

Portland — In celebration of National Youth Art Month during the month of March, the Portland Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association, has organized an exhibition of artwork created by Maine art students, including those from Midcoast Maine.

This year celebrates the 32nd anniversary of Youth Art Month exhibitions in Maine and the 18th annual exhibition at PMA. The museum’s exhibition, on view through Saturday, April 1, showcases more than 100 works of art by students throughout the state, elementary through high school.

The annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in Maine Schools. Art educators who are MAEA members each select one artwork for submission. Camden Hills Regional High School art teacher Carolyn Brown submitted a painting by sophomore Ayla Curit. Belfast Area High School teacher Heidi O’Donnell submitted a photograph by junior Grace Bonarrigo. Medomak Valley High School art teacher Krisanne Baker submitted a drawing by sophomore Will Cox; and Brooke Holand, also at Medomak Valley, submitted a C-print by senior Cameron Littlehale. There also is an artwork from one the Midcoast’s lower schools; Medomak Valley Middle School art teacher L.W. “Libbie” Winslow submitted a pencil drawing by eighth grader Rhiannon Gould.

National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem and a sense of pride in self-expression.

PMA winter hours are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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