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Students’ Creativity Highlighted in Youth Art Month Show at PMA

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Students’ Creativity Highlighted in Youth Art Month Show at PMA
Posted on 02/29/2016
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Creative works of art from 13 Portland Public Schools’ students will be among the artwork of Maine students displayed during the month of March at the Portland Museum of Art. The multimedia exhibit, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association, highlights Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education.

The annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in Maine schools. The show includes work from students throughout Maine in grades K-12. A total of 100 works of art will be displayed in the exhibition at the prestigious venue.

The 2016 Youth Art Month Exhibit will run from March 2 through April 3. The opening reception will be on Saturday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the student exhibit is free on the night of the opening.

“The Youth Art Month show at the PMA is a special show,” said Chad Hart, an art teacher at Riverton Elementary School who also is the Portland Public Schools’ art coordinator. “It demonstrates the value of art education and displays the creativity and innovation of our children. It is wonderful to have so many students from our district representing our schools and community. To have this many students in the show is a testament to our commitment to art education by our incredible art teachers, our district and the dedication and love of art by our students.”

This year the show includes work from students from Portland Arts and Technology High School; Deering High School; Portland High School; Lyman Moore Middle School; and Reiche, Ocean Avenue, Presumpscot, Lyseth, East End, Longfellow, Peaks Island and Riverton elementary schools. 

Students exhibiting their work are as follows:

• Eilish Carpenter, grade 11, Deering High School

• Avery Donovan, grade 10,  Deering High School

• Reyna Escobar-Marroquin, grade 3, East End Community School

• Tenley Flint, grade 5, Reiche Community School

• Ellie Foster, grade 5, Peaks Island Elementary School

•Samantha Gledhill, grade 12, Portland Arts and Technology High School

• Nils Leland, grade 2, Ocean Avenue Elementary School

• Nargis Ndyzeye, grade 5, Longfellow Elementary School

• Douglas Philbrook, grade 5, Lyseth Elementary School

• Giovanni Staples, grade 2, Presumpscot Elementary School

• Suliman Wardag, grade 5, Riverton Elementary School

• Ana Welton, grade 8, Lyman Moore Middle School

• Ellie Zukowski, grade 11, Portland High School

Guest speakers at the March 5 opening will include honorees as named by the Maine Art Education Association. The Maine College of Art has been named MAEA’s Art Advocate of the Year. Don Tuski, President of MECA, will be accepting that award on behalf of the college. Carolyn Brown, a teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, is Maine’s Art Educator of the Year.

At the opening, presentation of certificates will be at 4:30 p.m. for grades K-3; at 5:30 p.m. for grades 4-7; and at 6:30 p.m. for grades 8-12.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:  The following are some examples of the artwork from Portland Public Schools' students on display at the Portland Museum of Art during the 2016 Youth Art Exhibit, running from March 2 through April 3.
(Top): A yarn on canvas portrait titled "Harry Moyer" by Eilish Carpenter, a Deering High School junior.
(Below): "Day of the Dead," mixed media, by Suliman Wardag, a Riverton Elementary School fifth-grader; "The Green Leaf," unfiltered iPad photograph, by Ana Welton, a Lyman Moore Middle School eighth-grader; self portrait, colored pencil, by Avery Donovan, a Deering High School sophomore; "Impression of the Impressionists," watercolor on paper, by Nargis Ndyseye, a Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader; and a photo of Giovanni Staples, a Presumpscot Elementary School second-grader, standing with his art teacher  Anne Townsend. Giovanni is holding his watercolor and pencil artwork titled "Sunflowers."

Suliman Wardag art  Ana Welton artworkAvery Donovan art Nargis Ndyseye art
Anne Towsend and Giovanni Staples