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UMFK and Friends Art Exhibit to open on Friday, September 19 as part of 125th Anniversary Celebration

September 12, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Gallery is featuring "UMFK and Friends", a collection of works by talented artists of UMFK and the community. The exhibit is part of the University's 125th Anniversary Celebration, which officially began with the reenactment of the opening day of school in 1878 at the Acadian Village in August.

Works will be on view from September 19 through October 17. An official opening reception for the eleven participating artists will be held on opening day from 4:00 through 6:00 p.m. in the Blake Gallery.

"The show represents the creative spirit of the campus community; that art is being made here and it doesn't begin and end in the classroom," said Therese Provenzano, instructor of art at UMFK.

"There are a number of us campus members that are involved with the activity of making art, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 125th Anniversary and the inauguration of our president, Richard Cost," said Provenzano.

"There has been such excitement and enthusiasm about the show. The idea that UMFK has a President who paints, sets a tone for faculty, alumni, administrative staff and students to practice their own art making processes," said Wendy Kindred, who recently retired from her position as professor of art at UMFK.

Among the members of the campus community participating is Cost, who paints in the demanding medium of watercolor. The landscapes he is showing in the exhibit demonstrate a delicate sense of color and a masterful use of the medium. One of his watercolors is of the Blake Library which houses the exhibition.

Provenzano, who is currently teaching three courses in art at UMFK, is showing both abstract and representational images. One can see a full range of her skills and diversity in subject from viewing her pastels, oils, watercolor, charcoal and monoprint.

Kindred is showing representational works in oils. Her intention in these paintings is to look closely at real life and to report as straight forwardly as possible what she perceives.

Among the other artists featured in the exhibition are Scott Voisine, UMFK's director of student services; Priscilla Daigle, part-time education faculty member; Terry Murphy, professor of education; Sofia Birden, electronic and information resource librarian and gallery curator; Stacey Horner, a first year student at UMFK; Caralynne Daigle of St. Francis, also a first year student; Erika Thiele, who is a volunteer at UMFK. Thiele's mother, Edeltraut Thiele, is a graduate of UMFK and her father, Eberhard Thiele, is a retired university professor. Also showing her works is Claudette Plourde, a 1982 graduate, and member of the Community Chorus.

Two of the artists, Scott Voisine and Priscilla Daigle, have also taught art classes at UMFK. Voisine is showing two colorful bold abstract paintings in a square format. Daigle is showing a serene landscape painting in tones of blue.

The opening reception in the gallery, which includes a wine and cheese, is open to the public. Lisa Ornstein, director of the Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes, will provide musical entertainment for the event. Ornstein is widely known for her talents and artistry playing the violin.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, please contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.