The Saco Museum has opened “Practicing What We Preach: Work by Maine Art Teachers,” organized by the Maine Art Educators Association, and it includes work by two Midcoast art teachers. This exhibition, which overlaps with National Youth Art Month in March, is on view through March 19. An opening reception will take place Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Practicing What We Preach” brings together the creative work of art educators from around the state and celebrates the studio practice and exploration that takes place beyond the classroom. The show features a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and fiber arts. Artists represented in this show teach in Maine’s public and private schools and universities and are members of the Maine Art Educators Association, an arts advocacy organization that promotes the artistic learning of children, encourages innovation and research in art education, and the exchange of ideas and practices among teachers.

More than 45 artists are showing their work, including Susan Beebe, who teaches at the Watershed School in Rockland; and Krisanne Baker, art teacher at Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro. The Saco Museum is working to develop special programs in conjunction with this exhibition including artists’ talks, art-making workshops and school tours. For more information, contact the museum’s education and program manager, Camille Smalley, at 283-3861, ext. 115, or

The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main St./Route 1 in the historic downtown. There is free parking, and the museum is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to