BELFAST — To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month in March, Waterfall Arts presents the fifth annual Young Artist Gallery Takeover exhibition in its Clifford and Corridor Galleries. The exhibition will open with a reception Friday, February 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The reception is free and everyone is welcome to meet the artists, talk to local art educators, and enjoy the show. At 6 p.m., Waterfall Arts will present the Bridge Alumni Award to a young artist in the community who went through the Bridge Afterschool Art Program as a sixth grader. This year’s recipient is Joseph Potter, a photographer and senior at Belfast Area High School.
For the Young Artist Gallery Takeover exhibition, Waterfall Arts will be overflowing with vibrant and varied works submitted by Waldo County schools, youth organizations, and individual artists ranging in age from five to eighteen, according to Waterfall, in a news release.
In past years, more than 200 pieces have been professionally hung throughout the building for this unique show. The exhibit recognizes the work of the next generation of local artists, as well as that of the adults in their lives who cultivate their skills and talents; local art teachers are featured in a slide show projected in the Bridge Studio throughout the night.
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 21st century skills developed through visual arts experiences that are under utilized in other subject areas.
The Young Artist Gallery Takeover exhibition will be on display through March 27. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and by appointment.
The exhibition is made possible by local business sponsors Little River Veterinary Hospital, Bangor Savings Bank, CGBikes, and the Green Store. Additional support is provided by the Maine Arts Commission, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, and the Onion Foundation, as well as individual donors.
The multi-tiered Youth and Family Outreach Program at Waterfall Arts was launched in 2013 with the goal of bridging the gap between local families and the abundant resources of the local art scene. The program has grown to include three after school programs, art camps, All Ages Art Happenings like the Belfast Chalk Walk, monthly family workshops, free Art Nights at local schools, and professional development opportunities for educators. Thanks to donor support, these programs are able to flex and grow according to the changing needs of the community.
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.