New Art Exhibit On Display at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

by Maceo Bartlett

Belfast, Maine — A new art exhibit, exploring and processing COVID and grief through art opens Oct. 5 at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The show, on display through December, is free and open to the public from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.


Two groups are participating in this art show—the Eddy Middle School in Newry, Maine and the Treasure Trove Artistry Project.


Eddy Middle School is a small, independent school in rural western Maine that gives students freedom, responsibility and accountability. As part of their studies during the pandemic, students used prompts to write truths and metaphors about both COVID and masks. The metaphors were then translated into watercolor paintings using a negative space technique. Work from over a dozen Eddy Middle School students will be on display in this show.


Treasure Trove Artistry celebrates the creative impulse as a universal language. It began after founder Patricia Kaplan lost her husband in April 2020, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. In deep grief, Kaplan turned to poetry for solace and grounding. She began sending her poetry to artists and friends from Maine to Florida to Japan, asking them to create a piece of art in response to her poems (a rhetorical device known as reverse ekphrasis). Works from the Treasure Trove artistry project, along with Kaplan’s poems were on display at the Belfast Soup Kitchen earlier this summer. Kaplan and the group’s other members hope that the project will continue to inspire future participation from artists of all mediums–dance, theater, and the visual arts.

For information or to request an accommodation, contact Abby Spooner, For more information about the Hutchinson Center’s H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery, go online.


About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation.  As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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