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Interactive exhibit invites kids to share their work in Camden

Youth Art Show at Page Gallery

Jan 11, 2021
Madison Surbey painting a panel for the Page Gallery Youth Art Show.

Camden — Page Gallery, 23 Bay View St., is excited to host an art exhibition Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 welcoming children from toddlers to high schoolers to show art at the gallery this winter.

The idea for this show came about when the daughters of owner Colin Page insisted on putting their own art in the gallery. “Once it was decided to do a kid’s show, we wanted to make it as inclusive as possible. I want kids of all ages to be able to participate, and have fun with it.”

The gallery will be offering free panels for kids to bring home, with a subject prompt to make a painting of their favorite place. Finished paintings will hang at the gallery for the duration of the show. In the gallery, a connect-the-dots image will be projected on a pad of paper giving visitors the chance to make a drawing to bring home. A collaborative loom project will be set up for visitors to add rows of weaving. Students of all ages are invited to participate. High school students from the Watershed School in Camden will be completing a collaborative mural project.

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

Page Gallery considers itself a family friendly gallery, often with the manager or owner bringing their own kids in when school lets out, or welcoming a family who just bought ice cream next door at Camden Cone. “We love sharing the gallery with appreciators of all ages, and often find the most interesting and honest reactions come from children,” says manager Kirsten Surbey.


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