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High school ceramic art on display at UMA

 Maine First Lady Ann Page with project organizer Russell Kahn and artists participating in the The First Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show on April 9th, the night of the opening at gallery in the University of Maine at Augusta's Gannett Building at 331 Water Street in Augusta.
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Maine First Lady Ann Page with project organizer Russell Kahn and artists participating in the The First Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show on April 9th, the night of the opening at gallery in the University of Maine at Augusta's Gannett Building at 331 Water Street in Augusta.
Posted April 17, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.

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:

Functional Pottery:

1st Place – Aiden Fraser – Lincoln Academy

2nd Place – Gabrielle Miller – Thornton Academy
3rd Place – Maeve Donnelly – Waynflete School
4th Place – Gretchen Konitzky – Lincoln Academy
5th Place – Hannah Skvorak – Windham High School

Sculptural Work:

1st Place – Ali Deagnan – Scarborough High School

2nd Place – Rachel Guidon – Brunswick High School
3rd Place – Donna Robichaud – Massabesic High School
4th Place – Kayla Brown – Sacopee Valley 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 MaineCapitol Dental CareDead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell,  Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings FamilyKennebec 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.

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