AUGUSTA, Maine — The Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association is currently presenting an exhibition of ceramic art by students from high schools statewide.The first Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.
The first Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show is on view through April 26, in the first floor gallery space in UMA’s Gannett Building, 331 Water St. in downtown Augusta. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Artists from the following schools are participating in the exhibition: Lincoln Academy, Camden Hills Regional High School, Brunswick High School, Windham High School, Massabesic High School, Gardiner High School, Sacopee VAlley High School, Cony High School, Thornton Academy, Scarborough High School, Meesalonskee High School , Richmond High School, Waynflete School and Wiscassett High School.
Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage attended the opening reception as a special guest on Wednesday, April 9, and handed out awards to the following artists:
1st Place – Aiden Fraser – Lincoln Academy
1st Place – Ali Deagnan – Scarborough High School
5th Place – Owen H. Thompson – Windham High School
According to project organizer Russell Kahn, art instructor at Camden Hills Regional High School, “The show sprouted out of a need to highlight students ceramic work in the state of Maine. I saw two dimensional art work being highlighted at the Blaine House and other venues around Augusta but not three-dimensional work. The whole project started about 2 years ago and I have been working on a venue in and around Augusta and everything finally fell into place this past fall, especially with the help of the people working at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. This will be the first year to get the project off the ground and see great work from high school students in the state of Maine in the clay medium. My hope is to have a show in a larger venue one year in all grades K-12. Another inspiration came from a fellow clay instructor Jonathan Mess, who organized a regional show of high school ceramic work in Damariscotta, commemorating the 25th year of Watershed Ceramics being in Maine.”
The Maine Statewide Ceramic Arts Show has been made possible by support from the University of Maine at Augusta, and by the generous support of Harlow Gallery Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.
A project of the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with UMA and Russell Kahn art instructor at Camden Hills Regional High School.