FARMINGTON — An opening reception for Dan and Frank DenDanto’s exhibit titled BUMP will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The exhibit is in the Flex Space Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public and runs through March 16.

This science-based art installation exhibits the bones of three whales. Most likely the casualties of collisions with ship propellers, the bones are individually suspended at eye level.

Dan, a whale articulation specialist, and his brother, Frank, a project manager and designer, work as a team to create the visually-stunning exhibit. Set to the sound of whale songs, their hands-on exhibit invites the audience to touch the bones of these magnificent creatures.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Emery’s lower level will feature oil paintings by Nora West, Kingfield artist and painter, and “The Perfect Christmas Egg” original art by Kelly Ellerbrook, UMF assistant technical director. The art installations run through early March.

The BUMP exhibit was made possible with the help of the College of the Atlantic and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.

Regular hours for the Emery Flex Space Gallery after Jan. 24 are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

Teachers are encouraged to schedule a time for their students to experience the BUMP exhibit.

Contact Jayne Decker at [email protected] for more information.

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