BELFAST — To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month in March, Waterfall Arts presents the fourth annual “Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover” exhibit. It will open with a reception Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The reception is free and everyone is welcome to attend, meet the artists, and enjoy the show.
Local art educators and a surprise alumni of the Waterfall Arts “Bridge” after school art program will be formally recognized in a brief ceremony at 6 p.m., during the opening reception.
“Waterfall Arts is thrilled to host this show and honor the youth and teachers who are championing the arts in Waldo County,” said Waterfall Arts, in a news release.
The Clifford and Corridor Galleries at Waterfall Arts will feature more than 200 works from Waldo County area schools and youth groups ranging in age from kindergarten through high school. This exhibit recognizes young people as the next generation of creative artists.
Arts Advocacy Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs. It also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.
Waldo County artists in Kindergarten through 12th grades (or equivalent) are invited to submit work for the exhibition that is ready to hang and no larger than 2’ x 3′. Drop off dates are Wednesday, February 20 through Friday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The “Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover” exhibition is organized by the Youth and Family Outreach (YFO) program at Waterfall Arts. YFO provides safe spaces for young artists to connect with themselves, each other, and the community through quality creative experiences, including after school programs, community events, and outreach to area schools and youth serving organizations.
The program was just recently awarded the 2019 Maine Art Education Association's Award for Excellence in Art Advocacy, according to the release.
Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator, Bridget Matros, will be accepting the award at a celebratory event at the Portland Museum of Art on March 2.
The “Young Artists’ Gallery Takeover” exhibition will be on display through March 29. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment.
The exhibition is made possible by local business sponsors Little River Veterinary Hospital, Bangor Savings Bank, and the Green Store. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Maine Arts Commission, the Onion Foundation, as well as individual donors.
Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in downtown Belfast.
For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.