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Bowdoin Exhibits Masks Made by Brunswick Fourth-Graders

Story posted December 15, 1998


Dec. 20, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and the local non-profit Arts Are Elementary are joining forces to display the art of Brunswick fourth-grade students in an exhibit titled "Inspired Faces." The exhibit, in the Foyer of Hubbard Hall at the entrance to the Arctic Museum, runs through Jan. 4.

Inupiat mask makers from Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range of North Alaska traveled to Bowdoin to give mask-making demonstrations in celebration of the Oct. 17 opening of the Arctic Museum's newest exhibit, "Facing the Future: Mask Making Traditions of North Alaska." Arts are Elementary worked with each Brunswick elementary school to organize school visits by the mask makers and museum visits by the students, and helped facilitate art teachers' mask making projects.

In each classroom the Inupiat demonstrated to the students how they stretch caribou hide over wooden forms and decorate masks with fur to create a unique style of mask. During the field trips to the museum, the children were taken on a guided tour of the "Facing the Future" exhibit to learn more about the people of North Alaska, and particularly Anaktuvuk Pass. Time was set aside at the end of each tour for the students to create sketches that would provide inspiration for their own mask making.

With the help of elementary school art teachers Jan Mellyn, Sharon McCormick and Hope McMahon, the students then created their own masks using papier mache, wool fleece, imitation fur and some interesting objects brought in from home.

For more information about exhibit hours, please call the museum at 725-3416.

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