November 12, 2019
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Reed Gallery to present ‘People of the Dawn’ exhibit at University of Maine at Presque Isle

Community Author: Rachel Rice
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University of Maine at Presque Isle | Contributed
University of Maine at Presque Isle | Contributed
"Rowboat" by artist Roldena Sanipass, colored thread on board.

PRESQUE ISLE — The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present “People of the Dawn: A Celebration of Mi’kmaq Art” Nov. 1- Dec. 20, at the university’s Center for Innovating Learning. between Nov. 1 and Dec. 20, 2019.

The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-7 p.m., which includes a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This reception is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk and the citywide Native American Heritage Celebration. The Reed Gallery is located on the second floor of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning.

“People of the Dawn: A Celebration of Mi’kmaq Art” will feature a collection of art works by local Mi’kmaq artists and featured pieces from the University of Maine at Presque Isle Art Collection and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine in Orono.

“We are delighted to contribute to the celebration and preservation of the important art and craft traditions of the Mi’kmaq people,” said Frank Sullivan, Reed Gallery director. “The show will feature a variety of work by important local artists and artisans, along with a wonderful selection of pieces that were generously loaned to us by the Hudson Museum’s impressive collection.”

Works on display will range from traditional baskets and tools to fiber art, paintings and drawings. Each piece in the show was created by a Mi’kmaq artist or artisan. The gallery show is part of a larger slate of events scheduled between Nov. 1 and 3 taking place throughout the community in collaboration with the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the City of Presque Isle, Wintergreen Arts Center, the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. The weekend of activities is focused on Native art, history, culture, music, dance and stories.

All are invited to view the show between November and December and to come out to the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 1 and take part in the free reception and talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. In addition, this show will be open during the First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m. Please follow gallery happenings on the Reed Gallery Facebook page at facebook.com/ReedArtGallery.

The Reed Fine Art Gallery is located on the second floor of UMPI’s Center for Innovative Learning and is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 2-10 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturdays and University holidays. For more information about this event, please contact Reed Gallery Director Frank Sullivan at frank.sullivan@maine.edu.