Arts Center needs volunteers to create

17 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Wintergreen Arts Center, located at the Aroostook Centre Mall, will create a 20-foot “Doodle Wall” for the Children’s Art Studio on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29-30. The Doodle Wall will be a totally unique creation, made with giant chalkboard panels salvaged from Cunningham Middle School. Half doors retrieved from the trophy case of the former middle school will open to a play area completely lined with chalkboard panels. Once it is completed, children will be able to spend hours coloring on the walls, without getting in trouble.     Last spring, just days before Cunningham Middle School was demolished, City Manager Tom Stevens helped Wintergreen Arts Center volunteers retrieve 20 slate panels and other materials from the school. Volunteers braved dark rooms, dangling wires, and frozen floors to save what they could, before it was too late.
Thanks to a generous award from Lowe’s, called the “Hero’s in Our Community,” the Wintergreen Arts Center received $1,200 in materials to transform the slate panels into a three-dimensional work of art. Lowe’s employees will also be donating their time and skills to help with the construction.
Wintergreen Arts Center volunteers are being asked to lend a hand, too. Construction begins Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at the Arts Center. Finishing work will be done Thursday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The public is invited to watch or help with the creation.
The generosity of Lowe’s, the City of Presque Isle, Northeast Camps, and Wintergreen Arts Center volunteers have made it possible to save these historic materials and transform them into a new creation to be enjoyed once again.
The Wintergreen Arts Center was established in 2006. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere rich in the creative arts for the residents of and visitors to Aroostook County.
For more information, visit www.wintergreenarts.org or contact Lara Cannon at 207-551-0936.