A chance for Unity in art

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, at 8:16 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Artists from Penobscot Valley Industries are known for their yearly exhibit in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. This month, their works are on display at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts.

The display is truly a diverse offering of style and media.

Jane Lee’s work brims with color.

Gregg Smith’s display of Egyptian art ranges from small pieces to a large sculpture.

Also displaying their art in Unity are Linda Atwood, Patrick Campbell, Amanda Caruso, Vicki Corliss, Julie Doucette, Rena Dugay, Jaimmie Eaton, Chris Emery, Bill Floyd, Tim Healy, David Hopkinson, Jane Lee, Steve Morris, Sabra Ravenscraft, Gregg Smith, Dan Turner and David Weatherbee.

Three of the artists also have work on display at Miss Cassie’s School of Dance in Unity.

A division of Amicus, Penobscot Valley Industries provides comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities by offering experiences designed to promote creativity, personal growth, wellness, self-advocacy, life planning and independence.

The artists have had the privilege of learning art through the instruction of professional artist Diana Willette, who has been teaching at Penobscot Valley Industries for 11 years.

The artists had their first public exhibit in 1999 at Bangor Public Library. Since then, they have had exhibits at Main One Travel, the Maine Discovery Museum and Café Night at PVI, as well as additional exhibits at Bangor Public Library.

Jackie Seamans, Jamie Jordan, Matt Drinkert and Mark Anderson, staff members, assist in the art room in collaboration with the artists in planning and developing all of their projects and exhibits.

The gallery is open when there are performances at the Unity College Centre for Performing Arts or by appointment any time by calling 568-3147 or 948-7469. For a performance schedule, visit unitymaine.org.

Penobscot Valley Industries artists also will have a show at Bangor Public Library in August.

Gregg Smith’s paintings and sculpture on display at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts show his interest in Egyptian culture.

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