OXFORD – Artwork by four Boxberry School students is being exhibited in the state’s capital from March 27 through June 23 as part of the Maine Youth Excellence in Art project.

Collages by Simon Whitaker, age 5, Riley Hemmings, age 7, Tianna Sugars, age 8, and part-time student Emmy Avery Witham, age 8, were selected.

The project gives young artists from the 818 public and independent schools in Maine an opportunity to have their artwork displayed in state office and cultural buildings in Augusta.

Boxberry teacher Jessica Person picked an art project of collages where the students had to remember and sequence images from their dreams.

Person had the students create their dream scenes out of “found” objects, either from home or around Boxberry. They were encouraged to play and act out their dreams within the scenes they created.

Person circled around with a digital camera, asking each student to separate their dream into sequenced events. Then, using materials such as magazine images that related to their dreams, torn construction paper and tissue paper, the students created a collage. The collage served as a backdrop for the digital images that were overlaid in the appropriate sequence.

“All the collages were all very interesting and personal, so it was hard to choose just four,” said Person. She said, “We’re very excited to be part of this project!”

The Boxberry School is a small, independent elementary school in the Oxford Hills. For more information, call 743-9700 or visit www.boxberryschool.org.

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