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Second Grade Mask Exhibit Opens at Arctic Museum

Story posted March 15, 2002

An exhibit of fifteen masks made by second graders at Topsham's Williams-Cone School has opened to the public at The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on the Bowdoin College campus. The exhibit will be on view through April 28.

Teacher Gaye Miller's class has been studying Inuit art. Inspired by the Arctic Museum publication "Facing the Future: Mask Making Traditions of North Alaska," Miller and art teacher Elizabeth Arno developed a project in which the second graders learned to make Inuit masks. Instead of caribou skin and fur, the students used paper and yarn.

Miller's second grade class visits the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum each year, as do dozens of other school groups. Students who take the tour often send the museum volunteers thank-you notes and artwork they have been inspired to create following their museum visit.

In the case of Miller's class, the children studied the significance of masks to North Alaskan Inuit and were inspired to make their own masks. Nancy Wagner, the Arctic Museum outreach coordinator, and Susan A. Kaplan, museum director, saw the masks and decided the students' work should be exhibited.

The masks are on display in the foyer of Hubbard Hall at the entrance to the Arctic Museum. They can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays.

For more information call 725-3416.

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