The 'Bridge Messy, Emerge Ignited' Exhibit is open!
Over 100 artists, including ArtVan Youth Artists, have created original works of art and are sharing personal reflections from their creative processes. The exhibit runs April 27 to July 30, 2022 at Frontier Cafe & Theater in Brunswick. All art is for sale and supports both artist & ArtVan. We'll be in touch next week with exhibit updates! All event tickets will be found at

ArtBar: Thurs. May 26
Artist Talks: Thurs. June 23
Closing Night: Thurs. July 28
Get Tickets to ArtBar!

VAN-tage Points
Jamie and Julianna attempt each week to entice and inspire all the kids to check in or create an image that is unrelated to their virtual reality characters. For a recent check-in we asked them, “Who is your real-life superhero?”  It could be a parent, a teacher, a pet, a friend, someone you look up to, or who cares and loves you.

A 7-year-old student at Western Foothills Regional Program in Rumford has been fixated on the character “Sonic” and insists on creating this virtual character no matter what mediums or themes we deliver.  We have noticed a pattern where he will struggle on one aspect of this character and become increasingly frustrated and to the point where his hands shake

This young boy thought about this question and cleverly responded, “My uncle dressed in a Spider-Man outfit!”  As he began creating the face his frustrations increased, exclaiming, "I messed up! It doesn't look right!"  

With the assistance of the Therapeutic Arts Assistant who patiently stuck with him and calmly offered options, he proceeded to create the face that he had been struggling with. He problem-solved by filling in the empty spaces and leaving the white as the eyes which was the opposite of his previous five attempts. He left the group proud and a bit exhausted after everything he had processed.

A Biddeford exhibit - this week only!

This month, we closed an incredible chapter serving the Bacon Street neighborhood for 15 years. We celebrated with a Biddeford-ArtVan You Neighborhood art show at Nick Blunier's, Common Roots Studio in Biddeford. All this week, explore the collection! 

(Youth Artists above) at the opening on Monday - Luke, Aviana, Taylor, their grandma and little brother all came along. What a blast! A big success!

ArtVan in the News

"Artists new and old unite for ArtVan's exhibit at Frontier" Press Herald 
John Terhune from the Times Record interviewed ArtVan staff and a few participating artists. Featuring Nikki Pilgrim, and her daughter Juniper right on the cover of The Coastal edition!

The Cryer's May 2022 Issue with Front(ier) & Centre's feature on artist reflections and upcoming events. For the past year, The Cryer have been huge supporters in getting ArtVan news and inspiration out to thousands of neighbors!

Shout-out to Our Superstar Supporters!
The Onion Foundation
Maine Women’s Fund
Davenport Trust
Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust
The Aldermere Foundation
Alfred M. Senter Fund
Stephen & Tabitha
King Foundation
Maine Arts Commission

The Irving Foundation
Virginia H. Somers Foundation
Maine Women's Giving Tree
Langwater Fund
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
Anonimo Foundation
Maine Community Foundation: Donor-Advised Fund

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