BELFAST, Maine — Waterfall Arts is looking for young artists and artist mentors to participate in the fourth annual Branching Out residency program.
The young artists work with local professional artists in their fields of interest for short-term mentoring, typically meeting six times over a six-week period starting mid-January.
The program culminates in a collaborative or side-by-side piece of artwork to be exhibited in the center’s Clifford Gallery during March and April 2010. Past work has included sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, performance and mixed media.
Each team will be invited to make a public presentation of their work to a school or community group. Students will gain experience in the creative collaborative process, hanging a show and public speaking, all skills for the professional artist.
An honorarium will be given to each professional artist to cover supply costs through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation.
This year’s Branching Out focus, “Taking Wing,” offers a hopeful and action-based theme, reflecting the array of community responses to climate change, habitat preservation and sustainability. Each pair will decide how to represent the theme.
Young artists ages 12 and older may apply. Applications are due on Friday, Jan. 8.
A meet-and-greet session at Waterfall Arts for artist mentors, young artists and their families is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15. The meeting kicks off the six weeks of residency work time, during which the pairs will meet a minimum of six times to work collaboratively. For more information on participating in this free program, call Waterfall Arts at 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org to download the application form.