The Eastport Gallery is closed for the season, but the seasonal window displays at 109 Water Street in downtown Eastport will be open for all to enjoy through the fall and winter. Starting in mid-October the gallery is displaying a “spooky” window show of Halloween silhouettes created by Eastport Elementary grades 6 and 7 and Shead High School art students. Art teacher Sara Myrick wanted the students to have some fall fun while using simple black construction paper to explore the visual impact of shape, and the contrast of positive and negative space. 

Many of the students visited the gallery in September where they learned about gallery operations and how the overall presentation can be as powerful as the individual pieces. Member Joan Lowden hosted the student visit, “We talked about the artworks on display by the 20 member artists. I asked the students which art pieces caught their attention, and why. Was it the subject, the color, the texture? We talked about a fabulous photograph by member artist Anne Black, the detail of a drop of water on a plant frond and the kids were encouraged to use their own cameras as a way of viewing common objects from different perspectives. I look forward to seeing future work that might be inspired by this gallery visit.”

Teacher Sara Myrick is always looking to push the envelope of creativity and possibility with her students. She is currently running a https://www.donorschoose.org/project/artistic-expression-using-encaustics/5704211/  campaign for supplies to teach her students the art of encaustic painting. Encaustic, from the Greek “to burn” has ancient roots dating back to shipbuilding in Greece – this connects to Eastport’s own shipbuilding history.

More information about Eastport Gallery, including its year-round virtual gallery, is at www.eastportgallery.com.