Inaugural Exhibit for the State of Maine
The Maine Arts Commission held their inaugural State of Maine National Arts Program Employee Art Exhibition this year. The exhibition, titled "Showcasing the Artist Within," proudly presented 150 diverse artworks from 138 participants providing artists of all skill levels a platform to exhibit their creative prowess. The artwork graced the walls of the Burton M. Cross Building from July 10th through October 31st, allowing ample time for all that walked the halls to enjoy this amazing collection.
Danielle Moriarty, the program director of the Maine Arts Commission brought the program to the state and told us that “Maine’s first year participating in the NAP program at the state level was a great success. We had a huge interest and can foresee having even higher participation in future years. We consistently received positive feedback from participants who were so excited and thankful to have an opportunity to show their work.”
Pictured here is a beautiful sculpture that took home first place in the Intermediate category. This piece entitled “Big Man, The Miniature Horese” was created by Thomas Hudson from the Office of the Treasurer and came with this little anecdote about the piece. ‘The horse head was carved from a Rock Maple tree that fell and damaged our stable roof. I figured it owed me something so here it is. Hopefully this sculpture makes up for the fact that the good wife warned me about the tree a few days before it went down for the count.’
We look forward to hopefully watching this show grow and continue to bring forth even more incredible talents from Maine employees and their family members in years to come!