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Kenyan Art Exchange in Brooksville, Maine

Posted in AIDS Orphans, Maine schools, Nyumbani, Student Art exchange by Lynn Ouellette on 05/01/2010

Stopping a moment on my "Brooksville tour" with Bec Poole and Maggie

Brooksville scene

Last weekend I headed up the coast to Brooksville, a really lovely small town and home to Brooksville Elementary School where 7th and 8th graders participated in the art exchange with the kids in Kenya from  the Nyumbani Children’s Home and Nyumbani Village. It was my opportunity to personally see the display of the children’s art that I had brought back from Kenya on exhibit with some batik work that the Brooksville students had done. The batiks were inspired by African animals and were beautifully hung amongst the Kenyan children’s art. 



It was truly a wonderful feeling to see them all hug together (this was a typo that I did find when I proofed the post,  but feeling truly touched by seeing the artwork of all children hung together, I decided to leave it). Beside the art from Kenya was a picture of each child who had created the art and Bec Poole, the art teacher, had done a nice job of explaining what the art exchange was all about and what her students had learned from it. 

Art from Kenya and photos of Nyumbani artists

Art from Kenya and artists from Nyumbani Children's Home


Art from Kenya and photos of artists from Nyumbani Village

Though the turn out was small, probably related to school vacation week, I enjoyed presenting a slide show and talking about my trip on Friday evening. Both Bec and I hope that we can find a way to keep this exchange going. I will send photos of the display back to Kenya with Lloydie Zaiser this summer so that the children there can see that their art made it to the US and was proudly displayed! I also enjoyed the opportunity to take in the lovely town of Brooksville on Saturday and just relax in the company of my friend Bec. 

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  1. Lloydie said, on 05/06/2010 at 11:14 am

    Lynn, What an amazing Art Show. BRAVO! So wish I could have been there in person to see it! Keep up the good work. Wearing my Kenyan hat now and heading over for 9-weeks with 4 groups…yippee!!! wish you, Tom, Mary and Karen would be with me…


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