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Arts center for children adds fiber art, high speed photography|

Posted June 07, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — Windover Art Center will bring two new additions to its program this year: fabric art and high speed photography. Windover has operated in the Bangor area for more than 30 years.

“We take every opportunity we can to expand our program,” camp director Mari Abercrombie said in a press release. “Over the years, we have grown from just a couple of activities to offering dozens every summer. We offer photography, pottery, drama, film making and more already, but you can never have enough art!”

Last year, Windover Art Center added digital art to their program with the help of Bangor Savings Bank. Brand new iPads made it possible to create electronic music, 3D sculptures, interactive photographs and much more. This year, Windover is hiring new teachers and adding new technology to offer even more exciting and fun classes.

Windover’s new teacher, Marti Lew, will teach fabric art, including the ancient technique of wool felting. Wool felt can be created and used in any number of projects, from custom water bottle holders to beautiful and colorful tapestries, from wearable art to just about anything you can imagine doing with fabric.

While wool felting is an ancient art form with thousands of years of history, Windover is also looking to the future. After the success of the digital art program last summer, Windover recently added a GoPro Hero 3 camera. “This camera is very exciting,” photography director Isaac Fer commented. “In addition to it being water- and shock-proof — great for the kids — the camera can slow down action to 10 times slower. The students love to see themselves playing sports, performing gymnastics or just generally acting silly in front of the camera, slowed way down on the computer.” In addition to the slow-motion filming, Windover’s new camera can be placed just about anywhere, giving students an opportunity to film things never before possible. “Last season, we put a camera in the sky using helium balloons,” Abercrombie added. “This year, the possibilities are really endless.”

Windover Art Center focuses on giving students an experience as rich and rewarding as possible though creating works of art. “Many summer camps are just about one thing,” Abercrombie explained. “We give our students as many as fifteen to twenty opportunities to try different activities every day; so in one week at Windover, kids have the chance to be photographers, film directors, potters, painters, actors, tailors, make up artists, athletes, jewelers and more. And of course, they’re always kids having fun.”

Offering so many classes is a challenge, Abercrombie added, but she went on to say that it’s worth it. “We want to provide our students with as many chances to try and to learn as we can. Living in rural Maine, we feel it is especially important to offer students experiences that they might not otherwise have.”

Windover Art Center is a nonprofit institution founded in 1981 and has been at it’s current location for nearly 20 years.

For information, call 234-4502 or go to facebook.com/WindoverArtCenter. Registration is open all summer.

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