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Youth art show celebrates wonders of the sea, supports marine conservation

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For the entire month of June, marine-themed paintings celebrating the wonders of the sea, created by several local youth artists ages 9 to 17, will be on display in Newtown at Countryside Gallery and Framing.

In addition to creating each of their own works of art, the students also joined together, with the guidance of local artist Bonnie Porter, to create one collaborative painting.

Their vibrant painting, titled “Breakers’ Starry Night,” illustrates Breakers the humpback whale playfully breaching at Bar Harbor, Maine. The original 16-by-20-inch acrylic painting will go on silent auction through June 30. Bidding entry forms are available at Countryside Gallery, 2 S. State St., Newtown,

A limited number of 11-by-14-inch prints of “Breakers’ Starry Night” will be on sale while supplies last. Greeting cards featuring each of the students’ individual paintings will also be on sale; 100% of proceeds from the sale will be donated to Allied Whale, the marine mammal laboratory at The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, for research and conservation of whales and other marine mammals.

As the oceans warm, whales face new dangers. The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming bodies of water on the planet, and whale research there could shed light on the impacts of climate change on oceans worldwide.

Admission is free. The gallery is open every day. For information, visit online or call 215-968-2246. For information on Allied Whale, visit coa.edu/allied-whale.com.


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