Maine lighthouses are among the featured artworks of Regional School Unit 9 students in grades two through five at the University of Maine at Farmington Community Arts Center on Academy Street in Farmington. The exhibit, titled Art Madness, opens Thursday evening and runs through Feb. 6. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

FARMINGTON — Hundreds of pieces of artwork done by students in grades two through five in Regional School Unit 9 will be on display starting Thursday in the lobby at the University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Art Center on Academy Street.

A Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired sunflower painting is among artwork displayed in the lobby of the University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington. The student exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

The Art Madness exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and runs through Feb. 6.

About 550 students participated and each has at least two pieces of art on display, the center’s building technical director, Stan Spilecki, said Wednesday.

“There are well over 1,000 pieces and many thousands of push pins,” Spilecki said. He and Associate Tech Director Joel Johnson put up the display.

“It’s great, very colorful,” he said. It is the most art that has been featured on the walls outside the gallery, he said.

Among the variety of mediums are weaving, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. One wall has dozens of pieces featuring Maine lighthouses. Another has Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired sunflowers. One wall has circle weavings, while another has radial symmetry pieces.

The content ranges from abstract art to cultural symbolism, according to a UMF news release.

RSU 9 art teacher Kendra Stenger, curator of the collection, worked with students to create the artwork. Students are from Cascade Brook School in Farmington, Academy Hill School in Wilton and Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon.

Fourth-grader Travis Perreault of Cascade Brook School proposed Art Madness as the title of the exhibit.

The center is open from 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Spilecki said.

Ceramic bowls made by students in grades two through five at schools in Farmington, New Sharon and Wilton are part of the Art Madness exhibit at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emery Community Arts Center on Academy Street in Farmington. The exhibit opens Thursday evening and runs through Feb. 6. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Circular weavings made by fifth-graders at Farmington, New Sharon and Wilton schools are displayed at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emergy Community Arts Center on Academy Street in Farmington. The Art Madness exhibit of more than 1,000 pieces of artwork opens Thursday evening and runs through Feb. 6. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Ceramic wind chimes made by students at elementary schools in Farmington, New Sharon and Wilton hang in the lobby of the Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine at Farmington. The exhibit, named Art Madness by fourth-grader Travis Perreault of Cascade Brook School in Farmington, opens with a reception Thursday evening. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Artwork from about 550 students in grades two through five in RSU 9 are on exhibit at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. The exhibit displayed on lobby walls. It opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the center on Academy Street in Farmington. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Artwork by students in grades two to five at schools in Farmington, New Sharon and Wilton is displayed at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emery Community Arts Center on Academy Street in Farmington. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal


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