Waterfall calls Young Artists to take over

Feb 08, 2019
The fourth annual “Young Artists Gallery Takeover” will open March 1 at Belfast’s Waterfall Arts.

Belfast — To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month in March, Waterfall Arts will present the fourth annual “Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover.” The exhibition is organized by the Youth & Family Outreach program at Waterfall Arts, recently awarded the 2019 Maine Art Education Association's Award for Excellence in Art Advocacy.

Waldo County artists in kindergarten through 12th grades (or equivalent) are invited to submit work for the exhibition. Work must be ready to hang and no larger than 2-by-3 feet. Drop-off dates are Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 20 through 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the nonprofit arts center, 256 High St.

“Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover” feature more than 200 works from Waldo County schools and youth groups in the Clifford and Corridor galleries. It will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, March 1. The reception is free and everyone is welcome to attend, meet the artists, and enjoy the show.

Waterfall Arts is thrilled to host this show and honor the youth and teachers who are championing the arts in Waldo County. Arts Advocacy Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs. It also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Local art educators and a surprise alumnus of Waterfall Arts’ Bridge afterschool art program will be formally recognized in a brief ceremony at 6 p.m. during the opening reception. The next day, Bridget Matros, Waterfall Art’s Youth & Family Outreach Coordinator, will accept the MAEA’s Award for Excellence in Art Advocacy at the Portland Museum of Art.

After the March 1 opening, the “Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover” exhibition will remain on display through March 29. The exhibition is made possible by is made possible by local business sponsors Little River Veterinary Hospital, Bangor Savings Bank and the Green Store. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Maine Arts Commission, the Onion Foundation, as well as individual donors. For more information, visit waterfallarts.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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