The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is currently featuring “Painting is a Language,” the work of students in Therese Provenzano’s Art 451 Painting class. The exhibition is on display through May 12, 2014.
“Painting is a Language” represents student paintings executed in acrylic, watercolor, pastel and oil within the course objectives of Art 451 Painting. It also celebrates UMFK’s recently held Scholars’ Symposium, “The Language of Learning” and the recent merger of the Arts & Humanities with the Sciences to form the Arts & Sciences Division.
Krystal Paradis’s acrylic painting of a heart being attacked by blood cells and other malformations is the winner of the “Most Artistic” award at the Scholars’ Symposium. Her painting is represented in the exhibition.
The course objective is to develop ideas in painting based on imagination and observation. Students were first instructed to develop a concept for a painting by observing the visual elements of what an organism looks like from under a microscope. Observation followed the imagination assignment. Students were instructed to construct a painting from observing the visual and formal elements of a still life.
Provenzano shares, “Committing to a painting course is a challenge within itself. I say this because of the students’ expectations. Most expect their paintings to arrive at the same pace of making a drawing. This is hardly the case. Drawing is immediate and the considerations are much simpler. The nature of the painting process is by far more complex. Therefore, the investment is greater, not only in the materials, but in the time it takes to explore and apply painting techniques and color relationships.”
The students represented in the exhibition are: Kersti Ackley (Perry, ME); Ellen Borges (Fort Kent, ME); Kristen Champagne (Perry); Lacy Cyr (Caribou, ME); Amber Kelley (Caribou); Zachary Ladd (Belfast, ME ), Amos Michaud (Grand Isle, ME); Mikayla Michaud (St. Francis, ME); Jessany Munoz (Yreka, CA); Krystal Paradis (Frenchville, ME); Katelyn Pelletier (Fort Kent); Ivon Portellez (Miami, Florida); and Shelagh Van Anglen (Daphne, AL).
Krystal Paradis commented, “I invented a heart being attacked by blood clots and other malformations. I learned how important it is for artists to ask permission to reproduce a part or parts of a photographer’s work when using it as a reference.”
Kristen Champagne expressed, “The assignments for this class have helped me to become a more skillful and competent artist. Patience is vital in the creative process and layering is key to working with pastels.“
Lacy Cyr shared, “Painting has helped me not only have an outlet for stress but find answers within questions, like finding color through color.”
The exhibition is on view during regular library hours. For more information about the exhibition, please contact, Gallery Curator, Sofia Birden at (207) 834-7527.
For more information about taking the painting course, Art 454 Painting the Maine Landscape, offered for the fall semester, please contact Therese L. Provenzano at (207) 231-4593.