Page Gallery, 23 Bay View St., has received an outpouring of community support and interest in their youth art show with more than 250 kids participating. The show celebrates a child's uninhibited ability to create and promises to inspire artists of all ages. The exhibition is open now through Friday, Feb. 19.

Working with local schools and through social media outlets, the gallery gave away panels to kids throughout the community with a subject prompt to make a piece of art depicting their favorite place, real or imagined. Candy raining on houses, rainbows, castles, starry skies and incredible Midcoast Maine scenes are among the many beautiful and playful works of art adorning the walls this month. Students used a wide range of materials including paint, marker, crayon, pencil, and collage to come up with their unique take on this assignment. The gallery continues to take in more work through February vacation week.

High school students from the Watershed School in Camden completed a collaborative mural project recreating the painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall. Marshall’s 1997 painting is a commentary on the exclusion of the black figure from the suburban American landscape and from the canon of Western painting. Divided into 18 sections, each student was assigned their own panel to replicate their part of the image in the medium of their choice, focusing on matching value and color. Panels of collage connect to panels of paint, together making a 6'x9’ mural.

In addition to viewing the art, visitors are invited to participate in interactive weaving, connect the dots, and paper cut out activities stationed throughout the exhibition. Colin Page says, “we want our young artists to be proud of seeing their work hanging at the gallery, and to see how playful and fun art can be. I want this show to be inclusive and welcoming to all kids.”

While the youth art is not for sale, original paintings by local illustrator and author Chris van Dusen and other gallery artists will be on display. During the exhibition, Page Gallery is donating 10% of all sales to the AIO Food Pantry in Rockland.

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