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"Creativity is Innovation" Art Exhibition Supports Educational Model 'Life at UMFK'

December 10, 2019

Amber Deschaine's graphite on paper art piece
Amber Deschaine, a student in Art 200. Her art work is graphite on paper.
Marilyn Epp art work in ART 451 class
Marilyn Epp, student in Art 451 class. Her art work is pastel on paper.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is featuring the work of students in Thérèse L. Provenzano’s Art 200 Fundamentals of Art-Drawing class and Art 451 Painting class. The exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, December 18th.

The students represented in the exhibit are: Elizabeth Cossett, Emily Crosslin, Amber Deschaine, Delaney Deschaine, Hope Danielle, Trisha Fenelus, Saja Hicks, Abby Lavoie, Indya Ouellette, Jacob Powell, Brooke Russell, Miguel Sanclemente, Catherine Shelmerdine, Shaniah Williams, Bill Brenton, Kristina DeVincentis, Marilyn Epp, Robert Estes, Nova Jamrog, Kelsi Kenney, Jordan Maxwell, Tolu Oyeniyi, Iz Rupard and Logan Tibbetts.

“Fundamentals of Art-Drawing” serves as an understanding of the language and methods used in a work of art through practical application of materials in observing objects and imagining reality. The course also serves as a foundation for art appreciation and the development of concepts for further art making and study. Students work in wet and dry materials.

Indya Ouellette's water color and pastel on paper art piece
Indya Ouellette is an Art 200 student. Her art work is watercolor and pastel on paper.

“Art 451 Painting” gives attention to the development of ideas in painting. It also focuses on color harmony, the mixing of saturated color or tonalities and the application of materials. Students worked in either oil, pastel, watercolor or colored pencil.

Provenzano comments, “The benefit of taking either course supports the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s educational model for their students, “Life at UMFK.” The “L” in Life represents Learning. The “I” for Innovate. The “F” for Find. The “E” for Engage.  Students are encouraged to innovate, find, and engage with their materials and the process of making their work and in doing so, develop problem-solving skills and perseverance while meeting the essentials for each assignment. Each assignment is built on creative thinking with different levels of ambiguity and tangibility."  

Miguel Sanclemente's charcoal on paper art work
Miguel Sanclemente, student in Art 200. His art work is charcoal on paper.

The library hours for the exhibition are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

Tolu Oyeniyi art work in Art 451
Tolu Oyeniyi, Art 451 student, Her art work is watercolor on paper.

Anyone interested in taking an art course at UMFK should contact Thérèse L. Provenzano at 231-4593. The spring 2020 course offerings on campus are: Art 200 Fundamentals of Art-Drawing, Art 430 Drawing and Painting. The online course offering for spring is Art 101 History of Art. The summer courses offered online are Art 100 History of Art and Art 101 History of Art.