Peter Haller’s composition is created from fabrics that he dyed, stuffed, stiffened, and re-assembled to create a new story. Contributed photo

WISCASSET — “Acquired Symbols,” featuring work by Maine artist John Lorence and colleagues, is to be on display Saturday, June 12, through Saturday, July 17, at the Maine Art Gallery at 15 Warren St.

An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All of the artists in this gallery show have a connection with Lorence. The show, originally scheduled for 2020, evolved during a discussion among the participants, who agreed that art is often a symbolic expression of what is going on in the world around us.

Works in mixed-media, collage, sculpture, photography, pottery, drawing, and painting reflect the worldly influences that affected Elliott Barowitz, Matt Blackwell, Fellice Boucher, Clara Cohan, Camille Cole, Sara Cox, Ellen Gutenkunst, Peter Haller, John Lorence, Jorge Pena,

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Raofi is a graduate student at the New York School of Visual Arts. She lives in Rancho Bernardo. Follow the children on Instagram at

My family was forced to leave Afghanistan during the Soviet Union’s invasion. My father was a prominent man. He was the mayor of our town and had worked hard for the betterment of the Afghan people. He was forced to leave everything behind to save his family from the Soviet Union’s bombs. He brought us to the United States in search of peace, but life as a refugee was tremendously hard. As a child, I saw my family struggle. To this day, these hardships drive me to help others, especially children and women. I use my master’s degree in education and my passion for documentary photography for the betterment of marginalized and refugee children.

In 2018, I created a photography project for children in San

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VALDOSTA – Valdosta State University Art & Design continues years-old traditions in new ways.

The annual spring senior art exhibit opens Sunday, April 18, but online rather than an in-person reception and gallery show.

“Living In Color” features works by 20 graduating art and design students. A variety of styles and artistic media will be represented, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, graphic design, printmaking, book art, ceramics, jewelry and metalworking. 

“This vast array of artistic mediums and subject matter highlights the unique differences in each student and their art,” according to a statement from the students. “From the precise and meticulous drawing, to free-flowing watercolors, to raw and vibrant prints; viewers can experience many distinct types of art, sure to find art that speaks to them.”

Jadah Alford, Lo Baker, Rasheem Callender, Daniel Carter, Caroline Closson, Jennifer Delabra, Sophia Dong, Elliott Ingram, Thuy Le, Joellyn Mak, Christian Perry, Arielle

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The Grunwald Art Gallery is presenting thesis exhibitions from 7 of out of the 13 students in their last year of the master of fine arts program from April 12-23. The former six artist’s work were showcased March 22 to April 2.

The exhibition is open to the public for viewing in person and online. All exhibitions will be available online beginning May 5. 

Program coordinator Linda Tien has been working with the students to set up their works in the gallery.

“Gallery spaces can all be very different, and they all have their own personalities,” Tien said. “This is my expertise. I know the space really well, and I can help them figure out how to prepare all their pieces in this space. I like to think of it as a situation where I am kind of teaching them.”

Tien said she is excited to see the result of

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