Young Artists Gallery Takeover in Belfast

  • March 01, 2022

Waterfall Arts celebrates Youth Art Month this March with its Sixth Annual Young Artists' Gallery Takeover. 

(BELFAST) Two hundred original works by Waldo County's next generation of artists will be on display throughout the month of March. In addition to "taking over" both galleries at Waterfall Arts, this year's showcase overflows into the Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library and to over twenty shop windows throughout downtown Belfast. This epic display of creativity will inspire viewers of all ages and is a must-see.

“Youth Art Month” is not just about looking at the creations of inspired kids— it is about recognizing art educators for what they do and the value they bring to the lives of students and our community. Art teachers, in particular, had an incredibly challenging task over the past two years—at the start of the pandemic, sharing materials was out of the question due to concerns about surface-contagion. Teachers stretched their creativity to the limit, inventing ways to teach skills and techniques: many times without materials at all, or by securing enough materials for every student to have their own set. They then had to develop systems to sanitize all of these materials between back to back classes. 

Bridget Matros, Kids & Families Programs Manager at Waterfall Arts, explains, "Art teachers did all this while exposing themselves to hundreds of different kids every week, many teachers traveling between schools, because they and their administrators know that the arts are more important now than ever to combat students' stress and feelings of powerlessness during the pandemic."

The 2022 show will include work from Captain Albert Stephens Elementary (Belfast), Kermit Nickerson Elementary (Swanville), Troy Howard Middle School (Belfast), Belfast Area High School, Searsport Middle and High Schools, Leroy Smith Elementary and Wagner Middle School (Winterport), Ames Elementary (Searsmont), East Belfast Elementary, Gladys Weymouth Elementary (Morrill), and Hampden Academy. 

Downtown Belfast shop windows, the Belfast Free Library, and Waterfall Arts hallways and gallery will collectively feature work submitted independently by Waldo County creatives under age eighteen. 

Names and locations of artwork selected for the library or in-town display will be posted on the Waterfall Arts Facebook page and online at

Waterfall Arts gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10AM-5PM and Saturdays, 11AM-3PM. Belfast Free Library hours vary and can be found at Downtown shop windows "gallery" hours will remain open 24/7! The exhibition will open March 4 and end on March 31, 2022.

This event is proudly sponsored by Stanley Chevrolet Buick.

Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. We welcome the public to engage in the arts through classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, public art projects, open studios (in clay, glass, print, and darkroom photography) and more. For more information, visit or call 207-338-2222.

For more information, please contact Chris Battaglia at 207-338-2222,, or Bridget Matros at


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Chris Battaglia

256 High Street
Belfast  ME  04915