The inaugural Statewide High School Clay Art show will open Wednesday, April 9, to run through the 26th at University of Maine’s downtown Gannett Building Gallery, 331 Water St. Family and friends are invited to a 5 to 7 p.m. reception, which will include certificates and awards passed out by first lady Mary LePage.

The show rose out of a need to highlight students’ ceramic work in the state of Maine. Camden Hills Regional High School art teacher Russell Kahn, facilitator of the event, saw two-dimensional art work being highlighted at the Blaine House and other venues around Augusta but not three-dimensional work. He started working on the project about two years ago and said everything finally fell into place this past fall, thanks to help from the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.

“This will be the first year, to get the project off the ground and see great work from high school students in the state of Maine in the clay medium. My hope is to have a show in a larger venue one year in all grades K-12,” he said.

Kahn said another inspiration came from a fellow clay instructor Jonathan Mess, who organized a regional show of high school ceramic work in Damariscotta, commemorating the 25th year of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts being in Maine.

“We hope to have a lively show,” said Kahn, adding there are a large number of schools participating.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

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