Ellsworth High School student Livezey Sheehan’s colorful is among the student artwork on view. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Young at art: Moore Center hosts monthly student art show

ELLSWORTH — Clouds drift over crystalline waters and pointed firs in Wesley Keim’s pastel. The vibrant landscape is among a wealth of artwork brightening the walls at the Moore Community and Conference Center. The dozens of two-dimensional paintings and drawings are the fruit of Ellsworth High School students’ creative efforts in the visual arts program. They also are the first works featured in a new, monthly art celebrating EHS students’ imagination and skill in a variety of media.

With the facility fully open now to the general public, the Moore Center’s Operations Director Shauna Esposito has been able to fulfill her vision of enlivening the airy, spacious building with EHS student artwork that will change on a monthly basis. In the preceding weeks, Esposito and EHS’s visual arts teacher Yagmur Gunel worked closely together to design the show that opened last week. Walking through the front door, the public will see finely executed pencil still lifes, fanciful graphic designs and other high-schoolers’ artwork flanking the atrium’s walls. The show spills into the café, activity room, conference room, hallways, stairwells and other nooks and crannies.

The Moore Community and Conference Center’s Operations Director Shauna Esposito collaborated with EHS visual art teacher Yagmur Gunel to create a rotating art show.

“We are hearing so many positive comments about the art and how interesting it is,” said Esposito, who hung all the art herself. Leading the way, the former child-care services director showed how she displayed Livezey Sheehan’s colorful, figurative painting — featuring an owl, dog, butterfly and cats — and other digital paintings in the corridor outside one of the Down East Family YMCA’s child-care classrooms. “You want kids to see it and begin to think about their own creativity,” she said.

In future months, Esposito plans to have a list handy of the featured student artists and their exhibited works’ whereabouts so parents and relatives don’t have to search through the building.

The Down East Family YMCA operates and leases the Moore Center from the city of Ellsworth. The building houses the Y’s various child-care programs, Friends in Action and the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. Since its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic nearly two years ago, the building’s reopening has been staggered. The Y’s child-care programs are back and in full swing. Friends in Action has returned and ECMI is once again offering music lessons (except wind instruments). But some in-person classes as well as live concerts have paused or not resumed yet.

Still, the Moore Center’s buzz is returning. On this day, laughter and chatting could be heard in the facility’s café where a lively Mah-jongg game was in progress. The bridge players are back too. Various organizations are making use of the conference room again.

“They are so happy that they can be meeting here in person again,” Esposito said, smiling.

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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