“A Matter of Conscience,” a juried exhibition of 3-D artwork and sculpture by Maine high school age artists, will go on view Friday, March 19 at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. The public is invited to the opening night celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Five cash prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. The opening will be followed by an artist’s talk by juror Cheryl Harper from 8 to 9 p.m.

The idea for this special exhibition originated with Cheryl Herr-Rains, art teacher at Gardiner Area High School and project coordinator for “A Matter of Conscience.” Students were asked to create works of art addressing a social issue they feel strongly about. Entries from groups were welcome, providing all artists are between the ages of 14 and 18.

Full entry details can be viewed online at mysculpturestatement.blogspot.com/. Art work and artist statements can be viewed online at the Harlow Gallery’s blog site for high school artists, teenharlow.wordpress.com/.

Participating artists include homeschooled as well as students from 10 high schools, including Rockland District High School, and the Peace Jam Group at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta. The RDHS work, one of several group projects in the show, was created by students of outgoing art teacher Heidi Locke-Talbot. The students are Julia Burch, Olivia Carver, Chelsea Hawksley, Sarah Henry, Eve Hupper, Brooke Lowell, Melissa Rahkonen, Dakota Rhodes, Laura Swanson, Peter Talbot and Alex Young.

“A Matter of Conscience,” made possible by a grant from the Evergreen Foundation, will run through Sunday, March 28. Harlow Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; noon to 4 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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