LA junior Hindley Wang stands in front of her paintings at the March 31 opening

LA junior Hindley Wang stands in front of her paintings at the March 31 opening of the Lincoln Academy Student Art Show.

On Thursday, March 31, over 70 Lincoln Academy students waited nervously for the doors to open at Lincoln Academy’s Annual Student Art Show at the River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta. They didn’t have to wait long.

The show opened at 5:00, and by 5:15 the multi-room gallery was bursting with people there to see the students’ artwork. Parents, teachers, fellow students, and art lovers all came to see the 2016 offerings of LA student artists.

“This is one of my favorite Lincoln Academy events of the year,” said Ken Stevenson, Lincoln Academy’s Director of Residence Life. “The art is of such high quality, and the community really supports the artists. I love this!”

Lincoln Academy Visual Art teachers (from L) Nina Sylvia, Jonathan Mess, and Kirsten Campbell at the Student Art Show opening at the River Arts Gallery.

Lincoln Academy Visual Art teachers (from L) Nina Sylvia, Jonathan Mess, and Kirsten Campbell at the Student Art Show opening at the River Arts Gallery.

“It is wonderful to see my students proud of their work, warming to the chance to talk about their work with total strangers, and to see their excitement when a piece has sold,” said Lincoln Academy Visual Arts Teacher Nina Sylvia.

The show, which is at River Arts until April 15, includes both two dimensional work including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and etchings, and three-dimensional works of ceramics and sculpture. Though many pieces are now sold, as indicated by welcome red dots, all will remain on display for the entirety of the show.

Junior Evan Eckel with his metal sculpture.

Junior Evan Eckel with his metal sculpture.

Nina Sylvia observed that every year she enjoys observing her students put their work out there for customers and critics alike. “One of the best occurrences is when a viewer seems really interested in a piece and I have the opportunity to introduce them to the artist,” she said. “Quick bonds are formed and pieces of art come alive when the artist has the chance to explain their process or inspiration. This is especially poignant when the student is from another country and they have the chance to talk about their own culture and how it has influenced their work.”

Luke Huntington

Lincoln Academy senior ceramics student Luke Huntington with his work at the River Arts Gallery.

“This was my first art show here at Lincoln,” said junior Evan Eckel, who displayed his metal sculpture of a lobster and other sea life in the show. “I was a little nervous showing my art at first – the gallery filled up with more people than I expected. Something I had trouble with was explaining the ‘why’ aspect, since when I am creating a piece I do whatever comes naturally; an idea pops into my head and I make it.”

The student artists were clearly thrilled with the turnout, and proud to have their work admired by the community. One of the strengths of the show is that it includes both 2D paintings, drawings, and prints and 3D ceramics and sculpture in the same space. The combination of media leads to a diverse and visually interesting display.

“As a ceramic artist, being able to see the incredible skill showcased by Mrs. Sylvia’s 2D students was inspiring,” commented senior Luke Huntington, who sold several ceramic pieces during the show.

Senior Keisha Cash with her ceramics.

Senior Keisha Cash with her ceramics.

“I always love this event because it brings the entire process full circle as I meet my students parents, grandparents, aunts, siblings, neighbors, etc., who are all there to support their people,” explained Ceramics and 3D Art teacher Jonathan Mess. “I also am thankful and impressed to see the turn out of faculty, administration and board members to this event on a Thursday evening. It proves that support for the arts in our community is alive and well represented. This is why I moved [to this community] and this is what keeps me here.”

Junior Lucy Williams with her paintings.

Junior Lucy Williams with her paintings.

See more photos of students with their artwork at the LA Flickr feed.