Belfast, Maine – A new art exhibition, exploring and addressing COVID and grief through art, opens October 5 at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University’s Hutchinson Center from Maine to Belfast. The show, presented until December, is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
A free public reception for the show will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 17.
Two groups participate in this art exhibition: the Eddy Middle School in Newry, Maine and the Treasure Trove Artistry Project.
Eddy Middle School is a small independent school in rural western Maine that gives students freedom, responsibility and responsibility. As part of their studies during the pandemic, students used prompts to write truths and metaphors about COVID and masks. The metaphors were then translated into watercolors using a negative space technique. The work of more than a dozen students from Eddy Middle School will be on display in this exhibition.
Treasure Trove Artistry celebrates the creative impulse as a universal language. It all started after founder Patricia Kaplan lost her husband in April 2020, just at the start of the COVID pandemic. In deep sorrow, Kaplan turned to poetry for solace and grounding. She began sending her poetry to artists and friends from Maine to Florida to Japan, asking them to create a work of art in response to her poems (a rhetorical device known as a reverse ekphrasis). Works from the Treasure Trove art project, along with Kaplan’s poems, were on display at the Belfast Soup Kitchen earlier this summer. Kaplan and the rest of the group hope the project will continue to inspire future participation by artists from all mediums – dance, theater and visual arts.
This exhibition will be presented at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Gallery at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast from October 5 to December.
About the Hutchinson Center:
The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine at Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the Midcoast region. It is named after the President Emeritus of the University of Maine, Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to expand access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy between University of Maine system entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and engage a broader Maine community.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state university for land, maritime and space concessions. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state’s only public research university and one of the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and over 75 countries. UMaine currently has 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class academics. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master’s, doctoral, or master’s degrees in professional science, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial campus-wide efforts to conserve energy, recycle, and meet green building standards in new construction. For more information on UMaine, visit umaine.edu.