Indian Island, Greenville students’ art on exhibit

Posted March 02, 2009, at 10:53 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Students from Indian Island and Greenville are among those whose artwork is being shown in the 15th annual Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.

Hayley Francis of the Indian Island School and Judaea Distin of Nickerson Elementary School in Greenville have their work on display during the exhibition, which opened Feb. 28 and runs through March 29. More than 100 Maine students from elementary to high school will have work showcased at the museum.

All participating students will receive certificates of recognition. An exhibition celebration will be held at the museum from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Francis, a seventh-grader, submitted a colored pencil piece titled, “Seeking Future.” Her teacher is Michael Vermette.

Distin is a kindergartner whose “House on a Hill” crayon and watercolor work was created under the guidance of teacher Debi Lynne Baker.

The exhibit celebrates National Youth Art Month during March and is organized by the PMA in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association.

National Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education and encourages public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association, since 1980.

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