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Cony and UMA Collaboration

November 1, 2015

Digital Photography Course

University of Maine at Augusta and Cony High School are collaborating for the first time this fall by teaching a digital photography class that students enrolled in as college and high school students, known as duel enrollment. The course is supervised and team-taught by UMA’s Professor Robert Rainey with Jason Morgan, one of two visual arts teachers for Cony 7-12 grades. The Digital Photography Course is currently enrolls 22 Cony Juniors and seniors on Cony’s campus. This is during a time when art at Cony is struggling to reach all grades offering a comprehensive art program for students who want to pursue visual art careers. The collaboration provides a course in photography that hasn’t been offered at Cony and bridges both institutions preparing students for higher education. The course is 1 high school and 3 credits in college.  It is an Aspirations course available for junior and seniors.

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

Recently, the photography students took a field trip to UMA’s photography facilities as duel-enrollment UMA/ Cony English students visited English classes and took a tour of the UMA campus including an artist talk by Professor Peter Precourt on his work currently displayed at UMA’s Danforth Gallery, “The Katrina Chronicles.”

The photography students participated in a four-hour workshop creating photograms in a traditional wet lab darkroom. Also, students photographed long exposure “selfies” in UMA’s studio lighting studio. Each 30-second selfie was a collaboration of five students lighting one another with the LED’s from their smart phones. Students held the pose on the floor for 30 seconds as participants outlined their bodies and painted whimsical swirls of lights, wings, and flowers. The “Exquisite Drawings” will be exhibited at the upcoming Harlow Gallery exhibition “Maine Artists Creating Art on Computers” opening November 6th, 5-8 pm and runs until the 24th.

The UMA/ Cony Photo students are out in the Kennebec Valley Community taking their newly learned or refined skills shooting events such as Cony’s Spirit week and exhibiting at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II.”

The images from the UMA Cony Day, photo student work will be on display at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, as part of their “Transforming Violence II” exhibit, November 6-28.

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”


Cony students listen to Peter Precourt’s artist talk in UMA’s Danforth Gallery

Cony student, Jacklyn XXX listens to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Cony students listen to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Thanks to Cony art teacher Jason Morgan for providing this information. If you’d like to contact him please do so at If you’d like to share information on what you’re doing with your students please email me at



Happy Retirement!

June 11, 2012


Best Wishes to the following for a wonderful – happy and healthy retirement. Combined they have contributed over 350 years of teaching art or music to students across the state of Maine. Their expertise and commitment to education is appreciated and I am certain their students will miss them! Never to be taken away from them, or the districts they have served, is the impact they have made on students education in the arts. THANK YOU all! I hope you will continue to be involved in arts education in Maine by providing me ( with an email address to continue to be on the Maine arts education list-serv.

  • Debi Lynn Baker – Greenville Schools, K-12 Visual Arts, 27 years
  • Sheila Bohlin – Mt. Ararat High School, Visual Arts, 39 years
  • Carolyn Brasslett – Glenburn, Music, 40 years
  • M. Stanley Buchanan –  Nokomis Regional High, Newport, Music, 47 years
  • Carol Deetjen – Boothbay Region Elementary School, Visual Arts, 32 years
  • Jane Frost – Richmond, Visual Arts, 25 years
  • Randy Menninghaus – Brewer High School, Visual Arts, 35 years
  • Richard Morin – MSAD #40, Music 39 years
  • Dwight Tibbetts – Cony, Augusta 32 years
  • Althea Woolf- Village Elementary School, York, Visual Arts, 37 years
  • Gerald York – Jonesport-Beals High School (Union #103) Jonesport & Beals Elementary Schools, Music, more than 25 years
  • Mary Zane- Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York, Visual Arts, 13 years

Honoring Teachers

May 31, 2012

Two stories

I just love getting emails from people that describe special events honoring Maine arts educators. I just had to share what is going on in our state next week at music performances. If you have a similar story I hope you will share it with me!

DWIGHT TIBBETTS, Augusta music educator, LAST CONCERT

Dwight’s last concert is June 4th 1:30 for the school and 7:00 PM for the parents at Cony with the Middle School Band. They are filming the concert on local Cable. Every other year Dwight takes the band to Washington DC. The Spring concert is a non-stop narration, slides and music by the band, chorus and piano of their trip. It also will include words from Senator Katz (once a Cony Band Student) as well as the State Color Guard posting the flags to open our event. The local newspapers will be there and the art department is displaying patriotic work. The students each kept a journal during the trip. A winning essay will be read as well as a winning photo contest. CONGRATULATIONS DWIGHT!

ROSE WHITE, Mattanawcook Junior High music educator, LAST CONCERT

Paul Sullivan To Be Featured Artist at Mattanawcook Junior High School Spring Band Concert

Paul Sullivan, Grammy award-winning Maine composer and pianist, will help celebrate the retirement of Rose White at her final spring band concert, next Tuesday at Mattanawcook Junior High School.  Mr. Sullivan will be sharing his talents with the Jazz Band and Concert Band. “Spring Peepers,” from his CD “Nights in the Gardens of Maine,” has been specially arranged by Mrs. White for cello, clarinet and piano.  The jazz band will perform “Volunteer Squash” from the same CD, also arranged by Mrs. White, and will feature Mr. Sullivan’s incredible jazz piano skills. You will also have the pleasure of hearing Paul Sullivan perform his original musical compositions on solo piano. His warm and inviting personality, coupled with his world-class musicianship, wins over new listeners immediately and usually makes them life-long fans. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, “Silver Solstice”. His thirteen CDs have sold over 300,000 copies. Paul and his family live on the coast of Maine.

Mrs. White is honored to be conducting her final Mattanawcook Junior High School band and jazz band concert with more than fifty of her former students joining the program as alumni to take part in one final night of outstanding music. Mrs. White has been teaching instrumental music in Lincoln for the past thirty years, after graduating from the Hartt School of Music and the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and teaching music for four years in Oxford, MA. She makes her home and will retire in Lincoln, where she raised two wonderful boys with her husband, Thomas White, earned a shelf full of trophies at regional and state competitions and more importantly, shared the gift of her music with thousands of children in our district. The concert will be on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 P.M. in the Mattanawcook Junior High Gymnasium in Lincoln, Maine.

I had the honor of visiting both of these teachers in their classrooms. Phenomenal music educators taking their last bow in the “classroom”!

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