August 4, 2013

Art that sends imaginations soaring

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LEWISTON — The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn campus presents "Tell Me a Story: About Maine," showcasing the work of 14 artists who have illustrated children's books.

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Kevin Hawkes’ artwork from “The Wicked Big Toddlah” is part of the “Tell Me a Story: About Maine” exhibition at the Atrium Art Gallery in Lewiston. Courtesy photos

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Kevin Hawkes’ artwork from Dahlov Ipcar’s “Seven Ruffed Grouse” from “My Wonderful Christmas Tree” is part of the “Tell Me a Story: About Maine” exhibition at the Atrium Art Gallery in Lewiston.

The exhibition includes artwork from classics such as "Dahlov Ipcar's Maine Alphabet" and "The Little Fisherman," written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Ipcar.

There also are works from Kevin Hawkes' "The Wicked Big Toddlah" and Chris Van Dusen's "The Circus Ship" and his Mr. Magee series.

The artists in the exhibition are Charlotte Agell of Brunswick; Jeannie Brett of York Harbor; Kelly Paul Briggs of Camden; Mimi Gregoire Carpenter of Cape Porpoise; Cathryn Falwell of Gorham; Nicole Fazio of Portland; Kathleen A. Fox of Tenants Harbor; Gordon Hammond of Westfield; Hawkes of Gorham; Ipcar of Georgetown; Jamie Hogan of Peaks Island; Mary Beth Owens of Walpole; Laura Rankin of Easton, Md.; and Van Dusen of Camden.

The exhibition also features sculpture by Nathan Nicholls of Waldoboro, who recycles old tools, snowmobile mufflers and other scrap metal in his work.

The Atrium Art Gallery is at 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. For gallery hours, call 753-6500 or go to


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