Current Exhibitions

PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH: Work by Maine Art Educators

January 16 through March 19, 2010
Last year, the Saco Museum's biennial student art show set a record for attendance while showcasing the work of local students in our public schools. Now's your chance to see the top-notch work being created by Maine's art teachers! The Saco Museum is pleased to present "Practicing What We Preach: Work by Maine Art Teachers," organized by the Maine Art Educators Association. This exhibition, which overlaps with National Youth Art Month in March 2010, is on view through March 19, 2010.

This exhibition brings together the creative work of art educators from around the state and celebrates the studio practice and exploration that takes place beyond the classroom. This show features a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts. Artists represented in this show teach in Maine's public and private schools and universities and are members of the Maine Art Educators Association, an arts advocacy organization that promotes the artistic learning of children, encourages innovation and research in art education, and the exchange of ideas and practices among teachers. Some 70 artists are represented, including:

Kay McKeever Allison/Lewiston Middle School
Suzanne Goulet/ Waterville High School
Crystal Douglas/Waterville High School
Elaine Fletcher/Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth
Genevieve Monks Keller/Windsor Elementary School
Susan Beebe/Watershed, Rockland
Raegan Russell/Berwick Academy
Shalimar Coreille Noire/ Gardiner High School
Debbie DiGregorio/ C.K. Burns School, Saco
Meryl Ruth/ Deering High School, Portland
Barbara Loring/Lyman Moore Middle School, Portland
Tina Wood/ Dresden Elementary School
Diane Noble/ Young and Fairfield Schools, Saco
Thomas W. Block/ Wiscasset High School
Sarah Tabor/ Bangor High School
Maura McHugh/Mt. Ararat Middle School, Topsham
Christine DelRossi/ Mt. Ararat Middle School, Topsham
Dan Dearing/Brunswick Public Schools
Debra Bickford/ Westbrook High School
Trudy Wilson/University of Southern Maine
Janie Young/ Deering High School, Portland
Jodi Thomas/Thornton Academy, Saco
Victoria Bove/ Gorham Middle School
Linda Thorndike Williams/V. Hussy School, Berwick
Brooke Holland/Miller School, Waldoboro
Debra Arter/Merrymeeting Adult Ed, Brunswick, Bath
Judy Puiia Saco Middle School
Krisanne Baker/Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro
Martha Bovie/Shapleigh and Limerick/Newfield
Piper Bolduc/ Loranger Middle School, Old Orchard Beach
Tory Tyler-Millar/ Portland High School
Stan Colburn/Portland High School
Mary Pennington/Art Ed. student, Maine College of Art
Nancy Michalak/ Gray-New Gloucester High School, Gray
Chris Beal/Lake Region High School, Naples
Sarah Sutter/Wiscasset High School
Susan Gosselin/Freeport Middle School
Audrey Rolfe/ Deering High School, Portland
Barbara Berry-Palm/Brunswick Junior High School
Heather Monson/ Brunswick High School
Allison Price/Brunswick High School
Donna Coffin/ Brunswick High School
Jennie Laitala Driscoll/Brunswick High School
Gail Rodrigue-DuBois/ Sabattus Central School
Linda Murray/ Merrymeeting Adult Ed, Brunswick
Sheila Bohlin/ Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham
Sandy Brennan/Wells Elementary
Lynn Wilnauer/ Berwick Academy
Lynn Shulman/ Westbrook Schools
Deloris White/ Berwick Academy
Corliss Chastain/ University of Southern Maine, Gorham
Robin Brooks/ Lincoln School, Augusta
Tracy Ginn/ Portland, South Portland
Lynda McCann-Olsen/ Cumberland and North Yarmouth
Audrey Grumling/Mildred Day School, Arundel
Wendy Burton/ Messalonskee High School, Oakland
Sandy Brennan/Wells Elementary School
Constance Panetski/ Morse High School, Bath
Holly Houston/ Yarmouth High School
Michelle Zelkowitz/Maine College of Art, Portland
Kelly McConnell/Maine College of Art, Portland
Kevin Goodrich/ Art Ed. Student, Maine College of Art
Cameron Davis/ Acton Middle School
Nancy Nason/ Hanson and Lebanon Elementary Schools, Lebanon
Jeffrey Orth/ Richmond Middle-High School
Kate Cargile Myrand/ Lewiston Middle School
Jennifer Merry/ Thornton Academy, Saco
Becky Christie/ Mast Landing School, Freeport
Katharine Ayer/ Manchester Elementary and Lebanon Schools
Laura Devin/ Woolwich Central School
Susan Hanson/ Blue Point School, Scarborough
Allison Villani/ Reiche Elementary School, Portland
Christine Wiegleb Prosser/ Thornton Academy, Saco

The Saco Museum is working to develop special programs in conjunction with this exhibition, including artists' talks, art-making workshops, and school tours. Please contact the museum's Education and Program Manager, Camille Smalley, at (207) 283-3861, ext. 115, or if you'd like to learn more about these programs and opportunities.

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. It was created in 1961 by Art and Creative Materials Institute, a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the National Art Educators Association. In 1984, ACMI created the Council for Art Education to administer the national Youth Art Month program and encourage funding for the program. Find out more at

Photo caption: Christine DelRossi, "Textural Landscape," colored pencil on paper, Courtesy Maine Art Educators Association.