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Blake Gallery to feature works of UMFK students in Therese Provenzano's art classes

June 17, 2005



University of Maine at Fort Kent student Jake Carlson, a student in Therese Provenzano's Painting the Maine Landscape class, works on one of his paintings.


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is featuring the work of students in Therese Provenzano's Painting the Maine Landscape and Printmaking classes, two summer art courses recently offered at UMFK. The exhibition will remain on display through June 30.

The opening for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, June 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to provide the public with an opportunity to meet the students and the instructor.

Emphasis was placed on how materials, techniques, and painting directly on location can inform the painting process and visual discovery. Students committed to one medium, to watercolor, oil, or pastel for the duration of the course.

"Unfortunately, we had quite a bit of rain for the first two weeks, which kept the students indoors." "The last week of the course brought sunshine where we caravanned to a site on Route 11 located near the town line of Fort Kent and Wallagrass," said Provenzano

"Visually what is of interest to one individual differs from the next, this particular site offered diversity and a safe place to set up near the road," commented Provenzano.

The main objective in Provenzano's printmaking class focused on "monotypes",which are paintings that are hand printed on paper. Students made use of black and white as well as color and learned about the use of collage and photographic imagery.

"What is exciting about monotypes is that the results are often accidental. What you think you are going to get in a printed image is not necessarily what you end up with", said Provenzano.

Students that are represented in the show are: Jake Carlson of Rockland, Betty Desjardin and Apryl Gagnon of Eagle Lake, Chana Elliott of Frenchville, Rachel Posocco of New Sweden, Kathy Plourde of Ellenton, Florida and Molly Ritz of Fort Kent.

Provenzano is currently working on her master of fine arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from Philadelphia College of Art and a three year certificate of completion in the fine arts from the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts.

She has recently received her second Artist in Residency Grant from the Vermont Studio Center. Provenzano has received recognition for her work through numerous prizes, scholarships and awards.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library summer hours. For more information contact Sophia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.