Student Art Hangs At Abbe

BAR HARBOR — The 2009 Wapohnaki Student Art Show is now at the Abbe Museum’s Community Gallery.

This is the eighth year of this popular show sponsored by Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum. On exhibit are original works of art by 36 children representing the Passamaquoddy tribe and the Penobscot Nation. The artists range from early childhood to high school-age and come from

the Indian Island School, Indian Township School, Beatrice Rafferty School, Woodland High School, Orono High School, and Old Town High School.

This annual exhibit provides Waponahki youth a chance to share their creativity and feelings with the people of Maine and beyond.

“From whimsical to spiritual, simple to serious, the opportunity to be creative and to share that with the public gives these students a chance to express themselves in a way that they feel comfortable with,” a spokesman said.

“The Waponahki Student Art Show provides the students of Maine Indian Education with an opportunity unlike any other,” said Beth Clifford, curriculum coordinator for Maine Indian Education. “Imagine the look on the students’ faces when they step into the Abbe Museum to see, for the first time, their own artwork framed and/or displayed as it would be in any museum setting! The sense of pride and feelings of accomplishment are beyond description … the exhibition and reception hosted by the Abbe Museum lives on in the memories of the children for many, many years.”

For more information about the Waponahki Student Art Show or the Abbe Museum, contact Jason K. Brown, public affairs manager, at 288-3519 or [email protected]

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