Kenzie Ford carving

A pot in progress by LA senior Kenzie Ford. This and other ceramics pieces will be featured in the upcoming LA Student Art Show at River Arts April 11-26.

Lincoln Academy and River Arts are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Lincoln Academy Student Art Exhibition, which takes place April 11-26 with a closing reception on Thursday, April 26 from 5 – 7 pm at River Arts on Route 1 in Damariscotta. The public is invited to view the works on the night of the reception or anytime during business hours between April 11th and 26th.

“Even though the reception has typically been the opening of the show in the past, it has always been our culminating moment,” said Lincoln Academy art teacher Jonathan Mess. “All the hard work from the year comes to fruition and is literally put in the spotlight for all to see. This year will be different in that the artist reception will be the last day of the show. Purchased work can leave with the buyer at the end of the night.”

This show reflects an ongoing partnership between River Arts and Lincoln Academy. The mission of River Arts is “to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts.” Lincoln Academy is an independent, comprehensive high school in Newcastle serving day and boarding students.

Ethan Thompson

“A Map to Nowhere” is a piece by LA student Ethan Thompson that will be featured in the Lincoln Academy Student Art Show at River Arts.

Parents, community members, and patrons of the arts are invited to attend the April 26th reception and meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and help celebrate the students’ work.

The exhibit will showcase ceramics, sculpture, and two-dimensional pieces, including drawing, painting, photography, collage, and mixed media work, from over 60 Lincoln Academy art students. Students do all of their own matting and framing for the show, and provide artist statements to explain their creative process. Each class spends several hours in the River Arts gallery before the show opens, hanging the work and making decisions about lighting, display, and the coordination of diverse pieces.

“This year you’ll see a lot of exciting abstract and semi-abstract work,” said art teacher Nina Sylvia, who primarily teaches two-dimensional techniques including drawing, painting, photography, collage, and printmaking. “Four of my students have been delving deeply into playing with color, shape and expression. As an abstract artist myself, it’s been a lot of fun working with them as they explore these avenues.”

According to Mess, whose focus is ceramics and other three-dimensional work, “getting to this point is a lot of hard work for all of us. I love to step back and see all the variety once the work is displayed. I am visually reminded of my students artistic and personal growth. Art really is a visual glimpse into a person’s personality, their choices, their life, their world.”

Damon Westhaver Sgraffito bowl

This sgraffito bowl by Damon Westhaver will be on display at the LA Student Art Show at River Arts.

The show is an important part of the creative process for art students, many of whom are showing their work for the first time.

“It’s so cool to have my artwork on the wall in a professional gallery, said LA senior Hannah Davis, whose work in this year’s show is primarily photography and collage. “The experience is really fascinating and unique. It makes me feel like I could actually be an artist in my future.”

Senior Emma Allen will show her ceramics for the first time ever, and observed, “It’s really exciting to think about getting your work and name out there.”

The River Arts gallery is open on Tuesday–Saturday from 10 to 4, and Sundays from 10 to 2. For more information, visit their website; or call 563-1507.