FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will present the “Art Connections” exhibit, a collaborative art experience created by UMF students and community members from LEAP, Work First, the High Hopes Club House of Waterville and the Austism Society of Maine program.

This exhibit is on display Dec. 4-11, in the Flex Space Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center. An opening reception is set for 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Students from Assistant Professor of Art Jesse Potts’ sculpture class and Professor of Rehabilitation Karen Barrett’s rehabilitation services class connected with participants at three separate workshops on campus to share the art creation experience, materials and techniques. The exhibit features masks and painted panels based on a theme of opposing human and non-human traits, such as happy-sad or dark-light.

During the process, students engaged with community members with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities and helped them express themselves through various art media. “This has been a wonderful experience for students and community members alike,” said Barrett in a UMF news release. “The power of art is in making these connections and discovering that there are hidden artists everywhere whose talents just need a space to flourish.”

The Emery Flex Space Gallery is open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. every day.

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