Carol Shutt, art teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School. An exhibit of Shutt’s student-inspired artworks will be on display at the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic from May 6-12. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Teacher to exhibit student-inspired artworks

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Elementary School art teacher Carol Shutt, who is retiring this June after 27 years on the job, will share her work and her inspirations at an artist’s reception at College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery on Friday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m.

The free event is followed by a slide talk in McCormick Lecture Hall at 5:30 p.m.

An art show by Shutt, entitled “Children’s Creativity as My Inspiration: What I’ve Learned Teaching Art to Children,” exhibits past and present paintings and drawings by the artist showing the influences children’s art has had on her work. The exhibit will be on display in the Blum Gallery from May 6-12.

“After all these years of making art with students, I now see that my classroom has really just been a laboratory for experimentation and creativity,” said Shutt.

“This show has allowed me to reflect on what I have discovered and learned from my students along the way. Art is a universal form of expression — it is in our DNA. It makes us more self-aware and is a way of sharing our stories, exploring ideas, observing the world around us, and entering the inner space of our imagination.”


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