A Matter of Conscience – March 19-28, 2010

A Matter of Conscience – March 19-28, 2010

A Matter of Conscience, a juried exhibition of 3-D artwork and sculpture by Maine high school age artists, will be on view at the Harlow Gallery for the last two weeks in March 2010. The show will run from March 19-28, 2010, with an opening celebration on Friday, March 19, 5 to 8 p.m.  Five cash prizes will be awarded at 6pm.  The public is invited to meet the artists on opening night; refreshments will be served.

The opening will be followed by an artist’s talk by juror Cheryl Harper from 8-9pm.  A Matter of Conscience has been made possible by a generous grant from the Evergreen Foundation.

This juried show challenged Maine high school artists to create art about issues they feel strongly about. Please be advised that this show is “PG-13” and parents are encouraged to preview the exhibition before bringing young children.

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The idea for this special exhibition originated with Cheryl Herr-Rains, art teacher at Gardiner Area High School and project coordinator for A Matter of Conscience.  Students were asked to create works of art addressing a social issue they feel strongly about. Entries from groups were welcome, providing all artists are between the ages of 14-18.   Full entry details can be viewed online at http://mysculpturestatement.blogspot.com/ Art work and artist statements can be viewed online now at the Harlow Gallery’s blog site for high school artists: http://teenharlow.wordpress.com/.

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A list of participating artists and schools follows:

Brunswick HS: Maria Polky, Cody Doyton and Thomas Wakely

Auburn HS (group entry, Terri Wentzel’s art students): Tyler Bazinet, Kate Belanger, Cameron Bennett, Richard Deschaine, Emily Fortier, Heather Hinkley, Megan Howes, Daniel   Humphrey, Josh Libby, Rachel Raczynski and Arianna St. Hiliaire

Gardiner Area HS: Annah Kimball, Emily Kozma, Helen Mohney and Kijana Plenderleith

Hall-Dale HS: Emily Baker, Megan Daigle, Laura MacDonald, Anais Truman and Whitney Wei

Lawrence HS: Liza Stratton

Lewiston HS: Rebecca Spilecki

Marancook HS: Maggie Ditre and Irene Frey

MonmouthAcademy (and homeschooled): Chelsea St. Pierre

Mt.Ararat HS: Alex Spies

Rockland District HS (group entry by Heidi Locke-Talbot’s art students): Julia Burch, Olivia Carver, Chelsea Hawksley, Sarah Henry, Eve Hupper, Brooke Lowell, Melissa Rahkonen, Dakota Rhodes, Laura Swanson, Peter Talbot and Alex Young

Peace Jam Group at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta, led by Karen Fisk: Emily Baker, Ben Barnes, Nick Barnes, Tyler Bazinet, Kate Belanger, Cameron Bennett, Maya Bentley, Julia Burch, Olivia Carver, Keily Chaisson, Richard Deschaine, Maria Donisvitch, Connor Fahy, Emily Fortier, Vanessa Gilbert, Kathie Gilbert, Chelsea Hawksley, Christin Heath, Sarah Henry, Heather Hinkley, Megan Howes, Daniel  Humphrey, Eve Hupper, Gracie Kavenah, Josh Libby, Brooke Lowell, Katelyn McAufiffe, James McAuliffe, Cale Mendall, J’rea Mendall, Miriam Nielsen, Sean Oshima, Rachel Raczynski, Melissa Rahkonen, Tonia Reiter, Dakota Rhodes, Arianna St. Hiliaire, Laura Swanson, Peter Talbot and Alex Young

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Cheryl Harper of Philadelphia, PA juried the show, and will give a talk on her art and the jurying process at 8pm, Saturday March 19th following the opening of A Matter of Conscience.  Trained as both an Art Historian-Curator as well as a Printmaker-Painter, Harper misses one when not doing the other. In the last few years she found a balance that enables her to follow both paths. Her work continues to be informed by her curiosity about other artists as well as the world around her. One body of work might be inspired by illuminated manuscripts, yet another by prehistoric symbols, or current events.

Regarding Harper’s current political body of work, she states, “As in many preceding cultures to our own, the public demands its leaders be icons, stepping into necessary roles acceptable to the masses. My inspiration comes from combining the reputations of these personages with art historical references that seem obvious to me. I document my observations of popular media, and draw from my experiences as a voter with occasional spurts of political activism.” Visit Cheryl Harper’s website for more information: http://cherylharper.com/

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