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Blake Library features UMFK art students' work

April 24, 2012



(front row left to right) Danielle Jacobson and Ivon Portellez; (middle row left to right) Susan Pelletier, Linda Ayotte, Ellen Borges and Danielle Thibeault; (back from left to right) Amos Michaud and Mollie Hicks; Missing: Alain Morin

The Blake Library Gallery will feature the artwork of University of Maine at Fort Kent students in Therese Provenzano's Art 320 Advanced Studio Projects course. The exhibition is entitled, An Artist Resides In Each Of Us, will be on display through Wednesday, May 9.

UMFK students represented in the exhibition are: Linda Ayotte (St. Agatha); Ellen Borges (Fort Kent); Julie Clavette (Frenchville); Ivon Portellez (Fort Kent); Mollie Hicks (New Canada); Danielle Jacobson (Bangor); Amos Michaud (Grand Isle); Alain Morin (Fort Kent); Travis Nadeau (Fort Kent); Susan Pelletier (Eagle Lake); and Danielle Thibeault (Fort Kent).

Each student developed his or her individual concepts for creating work in drawing, painting, or sculpture. The course offered flexibility and direction as students explored the artist that resides in each of them. Since the course targets individual interests, the artworks represented are broadly diverse.

Some highlights the viewer will observe are how a motorcycle gas tank transforms into a Banana Boat; the expressive interpretation of a majestic wave crashing on the rocks of Maine's shoreline; and the creation of a surreal world of characters and renditions in portraiture. Also, an artist statement written by each student revealing his or her personal experience accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition also focused on individual concepts and methods, students were required to take this challenge one step further by creating and exhibiting an artwork for the UMFK Scholar's Symposium, One World, One Health and for An Artist Resides In Each of Us. The requirement was to create an artwork where the visual elements translated the theme of the symposium.

Danielle Jacobson, a freshman majoring in nursing, states, "I make art because I like creating something out of nothing, especially drawing and painting. To watch a blank page slowly fill with my own ideas and evolve into something beautiful and meaningful fills me with a deep sense of purpose and satisfaction. This prepares me for my life in that I have more confidence in my abilities, both as an artist, and as a creative thinker."

According to Amos Michaud, a freshman who enjoys the visual arts, "The reason I love drawing is because I feel somewhat connected when others are able to see something in what I've created."

Ellen Borges, a non-traditional student, says, "How and where the paint dances on the canvas depends on the brain: thoughts, preconceived as well as spontaneous ideas, movement of the arm and hand. I learned to focus on the emotional components that guide so much of art, while experimenting with new ways to use color and paint. I have learned to trust my instincts when creating art."

UMFK sophomore Alain Morin notes, "Taking an art class and trying out art for the first time turned out to be a very fun experience for me. It taught me to be more creative and try different things like using pastels."

Mollie Hicks, a freshman majoring in French, declares, "While the technicality of art is a wonder in itself, I think the true beauty of art lies in the message. What is the artist trying to make me feel? To me, art, in all its forms, is a way to communicate. I learned that life doesn't always go the way you envision it going…sometimes in covering your mistakes you find you've got something even better than you were hoping for."

Linda Ayotte, a non-traditional student, expresses, "Art is a must in children's lives."

Provenzano adds, "Being involved in the creative process allows us to develop a greater understanding of ourselves, our uniqueness in particular, while developing a tolerance towards diversity. We all share commonalities, but we are also individuals. It is the discourse of making connections and honoring our differences, that is the underlining benefit of this course."

The exhibit may be viewed during UMFK's Blake Library hours. For more information, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator, at (207) 834-7527.