Thornton Academy and the Saco Museum were pleased to host Portland Press Herald Arts Editor Bob Keyes this week as he stopped by to explore the museum's exhibit of artwork by arts educators from the Maine Art Education Association, including both Jodi Thomas and Jennifer Merry of Thornton Academy. You can read his article here. The exhibit runs January 23-March 18, 2016 with a reception for the public on Saturday, February 27th from 1-3 PM. The exhibit, titled "Four Elements and the Five Senses," called for artwork inspired by the poem by Dylan Thomas. Jodi Thomas is exhibiting a digital landscape photograph titled, "Haystack" with a short poem accompaniment. Jennifer Merry is exhibiting a digital landscape photograph, titled "Moody."
About her photograph entitled "Haystack" Jodi said, "I have always been intrigued with the power of nature and my connection in time and place. Although I live in the city and thrive in its busy lifestyle, I also depend on moments when I can seek solitude and experience nature’s quiet. There are a few favorite places in which I appreciate this the most and they are all on the coast of Maine. My favorite subject to explore is landscape, in particular, the water’s edge and the deep woods that surround."
"The theme for this group exhibit is “The Four Seasons and the Five Senses,” by Dylan Thomas. Dylan Thomas’s poetry provides a deep understanding and connection between nature and writer, thus shared with the reader. I wanted to provide the same idea of place in nature with my photography and poetry for the viewer to experience.
"With this photograph, “Haystack” and the short poem accompaniment, I sought to express the appreciation of this place that I visit annually to reflect and create art amongst my peers, and the deep connection with nature that I experience when I am there and the yearning to return. This photograph provides my favorite view of surrounding Islands from waters edge at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine."