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Waponahki Student Art Show


A collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum


Waponahki Student Art

The Abbe Museum, in partnership with Maine Indian Education, is pleased to present the 11th Waponahki Student Art Show. This annual exhibition demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of two institutions devoted to promoting art education and celebrating Waponahki culture.  We are thrilled to have the work of these talented young Waponahki artists coloring the walls of the Abbe and welcoming the arrival of spring and summer.  
The 35 featured artists are from the Penobscot Nation at Indian Island, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and Pleasant Point. They range in age from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The styles, mediums and images vary throughout the exhibition, but nature and culture clearly have a strong presence in many of these original works.


As guests of the Waponahki Student Art Show, we are invited on a unique journey into the imaginations of these young people; through their expressive works of art we glimpse their lives, culture and natural surroundings. Watercolor, crayon, pastel and finger-paint are employed with confidence to bring images to life: a dancing fox, bright red blueberry bushes, dream catchers, colorful turtles and bears. The words used by the students to describe the inspiration for their art are straightforward and simple, but can be both moving and provocative at once.


See the student artwork >


The Abbe Museum would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the 2012 Waponahki Student Art Show:

Beth Clifford, Curriculum Coordinator, Maine Indian Education
Ellen Nicholas, Art Teacher, Beatrice Rafferty School
Beth Seilonen, Art Teacher, Indian Township School
Michael Vermette, Art Teacher, Indian Island School
A Very Special Thank YouKathy Elmore, Art Teacher, Bangor High School
Kathleen Hartley, Art Teacher, Bangor High School
Dawn Loper, Art Teacher, Calais High School
Samantha Orchard, Art Teacher, Woodland Jr-Sr High School


Special thanks to:
Framing donated by K.A. McDonald Custom Picture Framing, Bar Harbor


With gratitude to the following friends for their support:
Ronald Jenkins, Superintendent, Maine Indian Education
Michael W. Chadwick, Principal, Beatrice Rafferty School
Linda McLeod, Principal, Indian Island School
Terry Lux, Principal, Indian Township School

And to all the students, parents, elders and community members who recognize the value of the arts and arts education in our schools and communities.







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