The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Blake Library Gallery will feature “Look Again, What We See Matters” the work of students in Therese Provenzano’s Art 200 Fundamental of Art class. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, May 4.
The exhibition is comprised of drawings and paintings using various wet and dry materials. Provenzano shares, “Students were challenged throughout their coursework with developing their imagination, perception, observation, and problem-solving skills. They were required to observe again and imagine more. The requirements did not direct to draw a line perfectly the very first time. Instead, they were instructed to engage with the process of making their work, to find that line. Overall, they were required to find and see what matters.”
The students represented in the exhibition are: Devon Brewer (Lisbon Falls); Shannon Chasse (Fort Kent); Hannah Cutler (Appleton); Lacy Cyr (Caribou); Francis Folsom (Augusta); Taylor Fox (East Millinocket); Rebecca Knowlton (Greenville); Destiny Lizotte (Auburn); Briana Moore (Lisbon); Alain Morin (St. Agatha); Brianna Pease (Lewiston); Katelyn Pelletier (Fort Kent); Meagan Raymond (Fort Kent); Kayla Richards (Presque Isle); and Shelagh Van Anglen (Daphne, Alabama).
Shelagh Van Anglen, an art minor, stated, “I learned I can do anything once I put my mind to it. I also learned that everyone has a different perspective and perceives them (objects in space) in a different way.”
Shannon Chasse shared, “I think we can speak through our drawings or paintings. Art can come in many forms or shapes. I have learned to be a little more patient with myself. It is o.k. to erase and that I can draw from my imagination.”
Brianna Pease commented, “I used to take private art classes for years, but stopped for financial reasons. My drawing is about a legend where elephants bring luck. This elephant is more unique than regular elephants, so it has more powers. The skeletons go listen to the elephant’s music in hopes of becoming human, once again.”
Hannah Cutler expressed, “At first, I was hesitant of the class, but when I came in on my own time I found it was extremely enjoyable to express myself and relieve some stress through my art. I also learned of the empowerment and emotion that can be placed within a piece of art by the simplest form.”
Devon Brewer stated, “I learned that even in an open subject like art you still need to ask for help. I found that by asking for help I am capable of meeting the requirements of any assignment.”
This is the first exhibition to be showcased in the newly renovated Blake Library Gallery. Funds for the renovation were made possible by the University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation.