FARMINGTON — The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine, Farmington campus, is featuring the art of local high school students with the second annual “Celebrate Our Youth” exhibit. The show is free and open to the public and opened Wednesday. The show is open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and runs through Friday, June 7.

Sculpture, clay work and mini installations by students from Roger Bisaillon’s and Deborah Farley’s Mt. Blue High School art class will be on display in the Flex Space Gallery and throughout the Emery Center. This year’s show is dedicated to the late Arthur Perry, a former Mt. Blue teacher who was a longtime supporter of local arts and area youth, according to a news release.

According to Bisaillon, at least 50 high school students will participate in this year’s exhibit. The show is centered on self-portraits by the student artists, with some up to 10-feet tall. A raffle of student work will be held to raise funds for future art supplies for the students, according to a news release.

A longtime staff member at UMF, Perry also taught English in the Maine School Administrative District 9 and served as chairman of the English department. He was a devoted community member, serving on the Healthy Community Coalition Board and as director of the Franklin Community Health Network. He was also director and treasurer of the Pierce House, a selectman for the town of Farmington and a member of the downtown business association. Perry was active in the arts in the community and served on the advisory committee for the ECAC and was a member of the Sandy River Players.

This event is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center.

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