Capping a year of art collaboration

Jun 01, 2018
Clients from Coastal Opportunities admire their work at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café in Camden with art teacher Nina Devenney, far right.

Camden — Since September, children of Sweetland School and participants of Coastal Opportunities, a local program that supports adults with developmental differences, have been collaborating biweekly on art projects covering a spectrum of media, technique and color.

“The respect they had for one another grew and their ability to collaborate flourished throughout the year,” said art teacher and project leader Nina Devenney of Sweet Tree Arts in Hope.

The results are on view through Sunday, June 10, at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café, 33 Bay View St. Included are blind contour portraits, self-portraits, a gratitude mandala, a Dahlov Ipcar-inspired piece showing things that fly, handmade felt birds, a mobile, tempera batik, a silk painting of a monarch butterfly, sets from the school’s production of “Peter Pan” and more.

“Our meetings together were highlighted by brilliant moments of connection, laughter, and opportunity to get to know someone through the process of making art,” said Devenney. “The work they have made together is beautiful, brimming with color and full of such inspiration.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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