Good Vibes for Portland

This past March, the City of Portland, Maine hosted their Seventh Annual National Arts Program® exhibition.  The yearly showcase provides employees and their immediate family members from the City of Portland, Portland Public Library and Portland Public School District the opportunity to display their artistic talents within the government setting of the city.
 
Coordinator Karen Seymour always does a wonderful job organizing the event even when unforeseen circumstances arise.  This year, it was the weather during the artwork drop off that was unexpected and lead to a small drop in participation due to artists not being able to deliver their artwork.  However, that didn’t stop the venue from increasing the total number of pieces exhibited by 25% from 2012.
 
   "Never Cry Wolf"; Julia Gilman, Teen 13-18, Third Place; Works on Paper
                                            Relative, Public Library
 
The show, which featured 117 pieces of art, once again decorated the corridors of City Hall and provided passer-by’s with a glimpse into the personal lives of the people who they deal with on a daily basis.  A new banner provided by the NAP upgraded the professional feeling of the exhibit along with a beautiful awards reception.  Karen commented that, “good vibes” and “positive feedback” was the theme during the reception.