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UMFK Blake Gallery features work of students in Therese Provenzano's painting and fundamentals of art classes

November 21, 2003


University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Gallery is featuring the work of UMFK students in Therese Provenzano's painting and fundamentals of art classes beginning December 6. The exhibit will remain on display through January 23, 2004.

An opening for the exhibit entitled "Painting and Fundamentals Student Show" will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m., to provide the public and campus community the opportunity to meet the students who are represented in the show and their instructor.

"The main objective in my painting course is for students to discover how a painting is developed as a cohesive whole when using the medium 'pastel'," said Provenzano.

The fundamentals of art class serves as a foundation course of drawing and painting. Provenzano's objective of the course is to give students, through practical application, an understanding of the language, materials, and skills used to create a visual image.

Students worked with a wide range of materials including charcoal, conte crayon, graphite, ink, pastels, and watercolors. Assignments were given both three dimensionally and two dimensionally with emphasis placed on using materials through value and color, in abstract and representational imagery.

"It has been my experience that students get caught up in trying to depict reality as their means to an end," said Provenzano. "My teaching focuses on what the medium can do; what color and content can be about."

"I had a terrific group of students this semester," said Provenzano. "The majority were working in pastel for the first time. I am most excited to say they all went somewhere."

"Taking fundamentals of art has enhanced my abilities to work with charcoal, conte crayon, graphite and even ink," said Caralynne Daigle of St. Francis, a first year student at UMFK. "I learned how to create a value chart, which helped me out a lot in some of my artworks. I am also learning to respect negative space and the usage of watercolors."

The students had the interest to pursue the medium and the content of their work. The subject matter ranges from the landscape, the still life, portraiture, to abstraction.

Dianne Madore, a senior working towards a bachelor of science with a major in business and a major in computer science, is a student in Provenzano's painting class.

"Taking this class has inspired me to use pastel," said Madore. "In the beginning I seemed frustrated, but as I continued I found a whole new world with the guidance and patience of my professor. I really enjoyed this art class."

The public is encouraged to view the exhibit, keeping in mind while you are viewing that most of the students have not had prior experience.

Provenzano has studied at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts in New York, and the Philadelphia College of Art, where she earned her bachelor of fine arts in painting.

Her drawings have awarded her with numerous prizes and recognition nationally. The Vermont Studio Center awarded her with an artist in residency grant that she completed in August.

She will be teaching three studio art courses at UMFK for the Spring 2004 semester including advanced studio projects, drawing, and fundamentals of art.

To register for any of the courses, contact UMFK's registrar's office at 834-7823.

The current student exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information on the exhibit, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.