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UMFK to Host First Annual Young Artist Exhibition

April 24, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a closing reception for the “First Annual Young Artist Exhibition” on Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gallery of Blake Library. 

The reception is free and open to the public. 

The exhibit of artwork by talented young artists enrolled in public schools across the St. John Valley has been on display since Sunday, April 19 in the Blake Library Gallery.

The young artists, enrolled in grades 6 to 12, represent Fort Kent High School, Fort Kent Elementary School, Madawaska Middle High School, Wisdom Middle High School, and Dr. Levesque Elementary School.  

Students from Fort Kent High School and Fort Kent Elementary School include: Noelle Dubay, Mollie Hicks, Jesse Pinette, Gabriel Dye, Kurtis Morneault, Zachary Rioux, Natalie Michaud, Rudy Martin, Emily Kalelta, and Crystal Bouley.  Their art teachers are Doug Clapp and Mary Beth Jackson. 

Madawaska Middle High School is represented by: Madelene Cyr, Cassandra Davenport, Brent Stoliker, Nicole Cyr, Sam Cyr, Alex Nadeau, Dylan Thomas, Mathieu Cyr, Ariana Gagnon, Cedric Gendreau, Lindsay Greenlaw, Amanda Jones, Halie Landry, Thomas Nadeau, Zanna Spinney, Nicholas Thibeault, Jesse Thibodeau and Jillian Vanier.  Their art teacher is Therese Provenzano. 

Students representing Wisdom Middle High School and Dr. Levesque Elementary School are: Justin Taggett, Jake Lavoie, Vanessa Michaud, Krystal Paradis, Julie Clavette, Chelsey Theriault, Kate Lavoie, and Dorothy Rossignol.  Their art teacher is Theresa Cerceo.  

“In our public school system, students have an opportunity to meet each other through sports from other schools.  We wanted that same opportunity for our visual kids.  It validates their experience. The intention is to support and applaud our kids that are built this way and to give them the occasion to meet and see the work of students from other schools,” said Therese Provenzano.”  

The “First Annual Young Artist Exhibition” is a collaborative effort between Bruno Hicks, chair of the UMFK Education division; Paul Gebhardt, UMFK assistant professor of Art and Art Education; Dr. Richard W. Cost, UMFK president; Therese Provenzano, art teacher at Madawaska Middle High School; Theresa Cerceo, art teacher at Wisdom Middle High School and Dr. Levesque Elementary School; Doug Clapp, art teacher at Fort Kent High School; and Marybeth Jackson, art teacher at Fort Kent Elementary School.  

UMFK provided the funds to make the exhibition come to fruition.