Kierstead’s students to be featured

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FARMINGTON – Heirlooms of Tomorrow will feature 30 artists in May, all students of Stan Kierstead. The public is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Refreshments will be served, and many of the students and Kierstead will be in attendance.

Kierstead retired as SAD 9 high school principal in 1983, but did not slow down. An uncounted number of artists over a 33 year period have benefited from his teaching.

Classes began at Mt. Blue High School in the evenings, moved to the University of Maine at Farmington for five years and continue in his studio over a garage. Kierstead has three classes of nine students each weekly. Zaidee Hargreaves of Farmington has been a student for 15 years and has not missed a session. Suzanne DiStefano of West Farmington is a student and her two daughters have been students as well.

Rebecca Schinas and Patricia Walker commute from Rangeley, Barbara Koppel from Oquossoc, Karen Campbell from Carrabassett Valley, and Donna Peter Carlton from Hampton, N.H.

Joining the above artists at the open house and show will be artists from Wilton: Tom Whalen, Suzanne Biegay, Paula Niles, and Joyce Stinchfield; Strong: Amanda Capewell and Judy Shamp.

Ray Bryant is from Jay, Dorrie Kempton from Farmingdale, Jeff Nixon from Chesterville, Mary Beth Morrison from New Sharon and Julia Walker from West Farmington. Farmington artists showing will be Steve Rothert, Charlie Woodcock, Judy Bjorn, Selina Shields, Laura Neil, Joanne Smith, Dick Harvey, Pat Durham, Elise Bell, Barbara Kierstead, Donna Asmussen and Chandler Woodcock.

For more information, contact Dan Maxham at 778-5315, cell 491-8635 or e-mail dmaxham@megalink.net.

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