Portland Public School Students Art on Display at the Portland Public Library, Starting March 31


“Bans Off Our Bodies” is an Acrylic by Kayla Atkinson. It’s for Sale for $150.

A Lovely Floral Plate by Elsa Freeman is on Exhibit at the “Art Class” Show. It’s Made of Clay and is Nor For Sale.


“Scream” by Arrianna Sangillo, an Acrylic, is For Sale for $200.

“Shoe Drawing” by Jay den Ross, For Sale for $1,000.

“Beauty” An Acryclic by Arianna Sangillo is for Sale for $400.00

The “Art Class,” an exhibit of student art work from all four Portland Public School high schools will be on display starting tomorrow, Friday, March 31 – April 21 at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery, 5 Monument Square.

The exhibit not only features students’ work, but also was curated by a Portland High School student, Hannah Caron, as part of that school’s extended learning opportunity (ELO) internship program.

Art Class features artwork from Portland High School, Deering High School, Casco Bay High School, and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS).  All art students attending these schools were encouraged to submit work to be displayed at the show with the optimal theme of “identity.”  Portland Public Library said in a statement that it is “honored to be hosting this exhibit, which gives students the rare opportunity to publicly display their artwork in their own community.  We hope that it will encourage students to continue pursuing and creating art beyond the classroom.”

Portland High senior Hannah Caron curated the show as part of her ELO internship at the Library, said:  “This internship has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn about and practice curating an art exhibit, which is something I hope to do as a future career,  I’ve really enjoyed the process although it was challenging at times.  The effort of organizing everything was more than worth it when I saw the show finally come together.  I’m glad that so many students got the chance to share their work that they’re proud of.  I think it’s really important to empower student artists’ to continue creating, and being able to do that has been one of the best parts of this opportunity.”

“We love to support local students and the art gallery is another way we can be a resource.  The Lewis Gallery is a community gallery which is frequenetly visited by students and classes.  Hosting the high school art exhibit is a great opportunity for these hard-working artists to showcase their work,” said Rachael Harkness, the library’s gallery and special programs coordinator.

“This blogger highly recommends that members of the public visit this impressive exhibit of art work in the next few weeks.  Since it is still Womens’ History Month, this blogger admits to having a certain bias for women artists and womens’ subjects in the show.  But it is ALL worth your time.”

Not all paintings are for sale.