The winners of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s Second District included students from Auburn, Lee, Lewiston and Rangeley. All were recognized for their work, with first place going to Whitney Perkins from Lewiston High School.

Perkins’ photograph, “Curious,” is to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building alongside winning artists from districts across the country.

“Curious” by Whitney Perkins Contributed photo

Competition jurors Carolyn Wallace-Zani and Teddi-Jann Covell selected the winners. Wallace-Zani is an award-winning artist who owns a Brewer studio and teaches in Bangor. Covell, an Orono painter with work in Damariscotta, Hallowell and Millinocket galleries, also judged the work.

“I wish I could personally congratulate each artist for submitting their work into this competition,” said Wallace-Zani, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Jared Golden’s office. “I also applaud them for having the confidence to put themselves out there for judgment. I must commend each

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Tonya Delgado, 17, sat in the exhibition space at Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, surrounded by framed photographs hanging on walls, some of them her own work.

“I’ve always been into all types of art, photography, fashion, writing poetry, all of that,” she said. “But I’ve never really gotten the chance to display or to show anything.”

Delgado is one of six students and eight mentors whose work is shown in COVID-Topia, which runs until the end of the month.

Collectively, Fábrica De Fotos, is described as “a photography club of students and mentors embodying different cultures and generations, building unity through photography.” Students meet once a week through zoom with a mentor to discuss different photography methods.

“It has given me a chance to broaden my horizons and broaden my idea of what art can do,” adds Delgado, a Trenton Catholic Academy student who has

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Under the supervision of art instructor Ginny Geoghegan, the Tomales High School art program remained a bedrock of creativity for students navigating the course of the past year’s unprecedented distanced learning ordeal.

With the support of the school staff, these art students flourished at home and continued to develop a pantheon of new artworks inspired by their individual experiences and growing identities.

This month, several of those students participate in Gallery Route One’s exhibition, “Tomales High School Artist Showcase 2021,” featuring paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works.

The show opens with a virtual reception on Friday, May 14, and will be viewable online as well as in-person from Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm, through May 23.

Gallery Route One is following all recommended safety protocols related to the pandemic, including sanitizing, distancing and mandatory face coverings in place for visitors.

“I hope you will enjoy escaping into these

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