BOWDOINHAM — The Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham announces the opening of its show “Vernal Pools: Ferns and Fiddleheads” from 5 to 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 10. This is the annual emerging artists show for students age 18 and under at the arts center. Each year there is a focus on a plant or animal related to the distinctive Maine spring woods ecological feature: vernal pools.

This year the show features artists from the Freeport Middle School (Reagan Monarch, art teacher), the Marcia Buker Elementary School in Richmond (Tina Wood, art teacher) Woodside Elementary School in Topsham (Brian McPherson, art teacher) along with others from the area. The young artists will be present at the opening Friday night to answer questions about their work.

A detailed exhibit on the botany and nomenclature of ferns has been installed by Betsy Steen from the Bowdoinham Historical Society and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.

Two community events have been scheduled to complement the show. Jane Page-Conway will offer a Fern Art Workshop on Saturday May 9 from 10-12 a.m. and a Fern Walk will be led by Andy Cutko on Sunday June 14 from 2-4 pm for those who want to learn about fern habitat and the identification of ferns. For more information please check Facebook.

“Vernal Pools: Ferns and Fiddleheads” will run  through May 31. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It is located at 9 Main S., Bowdoinham (grey building down by the waterfront in the village) and other times by appointment . Call 207-370-5002.

For more information see www.merrymeetingartscenter.org or visit us on Facebook.


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