Patrisha McLean and Wendy Cook Leeper, founder/president and board member of Finding Our Voices, with a poster at Flipside Coffee in Thomaston.

What love is and what love is not, as expressed by Midcoast Maine K-12 students, is papering Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and Thomaston through the month of June in the Finding Our Voices community-wide Love/not Love exhibit.

Fifty students, aged four to 18, are opening eyes, minds and hearts to the topic through sculpture, anime, painting, drawing, collage, poetry and a comic strip. Partners are Riley School, The Landing Place, Camden Hills Regional High School, South School after-school program, the Penobscot Bay YMCA, Children’s House Montessori, Thomaston, and Camden public libraries, Sweetland School and Hope School.

The Farnsworth Art Museum is providing four Main Street windows of exhibit space and also an art kit to all 70 young participants.


Love/not Love artwork by students at Children’s House Montessori at the Rockland Cafe


Other gifts to participants include signed books by Chris Van Dusen, and Rebekah Lowell, who is a survivor on the Finding Our Voices posters and whose new book “The Road to After,” geared to middle school age, is about healing from domestic abuse through nature.

More than a dozen Sweetland School students created collages on love. This one by Ollie is at Planet Toys.

Original art is filling the walls of the Bagel Cafe through June.

Two of the four Farnsworth Art Museum windows featuring Love/not Love K-12 artwork through June. Here is a sculpture by a Riley School 13-year-old and painting by a 10-year old student at the South School after school program.


The 50 businesses exhibiting posters featuring the artwork include Flipside Coffee, Ross Levett Antiques, Athens Mediterranean Pizza, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Sidecountry Sports, Distinctive Tile, Green With Envy, the Rockland Cafe, Barefoot in Denim, Atlantic Baking Company, Maine Sport, Daughters, the Ralston Gallery, Uncle Willy’s candy store, Blue Jay children’s boutique, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Planet Toys, Laugh Loud Smile Big, H and H gift store, Cashmere Goat, and the Camden Public Library.

Business sponsors are Cedarworks, Bangor Savings Bank, Reny’s and the Allen Agency.

Finding Our Voices is a Camden-based grassroots nonprofit, marshaling community creativity and survivor voices to break the silence of domestic abuse in Maine. For more information visit

Love by students at CHRHS, Sweetland School, and South School after school program at the Bagel Cafe.








Quotes from middle school students about why someone would stay silent in the Camden Town Office.








What is love, and what is not love, as expressed by middle school students in a window of the Farnsworth Art Museum


Sweetland and Riley School artwork are in two windows of Maine Sport in Rockland









Not Love in a sculpture and Love in a painting by a 13-year-old Riley student is in the window of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

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