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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-04-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 4-10, 2019 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 13 The Arnold Mills Community House, 75 Hillside Road, Cumberland, will hold its annual Art Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. Included in the event will be this painting of doughnuts by LINDA MCDERMOTT. AMCH will hold 29th annual Art Show and Sale CUMBERLAND – The public is invited to the opening reception of the 29th annual Art Exhibition and Sale on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Arnold Mills Community House, 75 Hillside Road. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. This will be a juried exhibition of work by local artists and will also include the submission of cre- ative work by Cumberland High School art students. There will be first-, second- and third-place cash awards in each of the two groups of submissions totaling $600. The juror for this exhibition will be Mim Brooks Fawcett, execu- tive director and chief curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum since 2006. Fawcett curates eight to 10 exhi- bitions a year while directing the museum's arts educational pro- grams and numerous museum cul- tural events throughout the year. She is a frequent guest juror for galleries, museums and art organi- zations throughout New England. Fawcett studied at New York City's Art Student League, holds a bachelor's degree with high honors from the State University of New York in graphic design and holds a master of fine arts degree from Boston University also in graphic design. Some of the local invited art- ists, working in oil, watercolor, photography, ceramics, and silver, are Jerry Aissis, Elaine Devonis, Justine Estrela, Pearl Ferland, Jean Fujio, Lorraine Gateriewicz, Germaine Gerie, Richard Heroux, Bill Lane, Margaret Lachut, John Lindbeck, Rosemarie Manson, Rachel Marzoochi, Dan Ofan, Joan O'Gara, Judy Ofcarcik, Wayne Peltier, Frank Roberston, Barbara Testa, Chuck Tramontana, Bill Lang, Ben Macomber and Mary Wojciechowski. For more information, visit http://amchri.org . LINCOLN – Jade Ruiz wants stu- dents to have access to their dream dresses this prom season, without breaking the bank. Her junior exhibition project at Lincoln High School aims to do just that, giving students more affordable choices by using social media to bor- row, purchase and exchange dresses with peers. Ruiz, 17, said she was prom dress shopping when her friend found a dress that she loved, one that a senior had previously worn. She sug- gested her friend ask to borrow the dress, and though her friend hesi- tated, she reached out and was able to secure the dress at no cost. "While shopping I noticed how expensive the dresses were," she said. "The dress I originally wanted was close to $600, maybe more. I realized that I could borrow a dress that's just as pretty, make it my own and give it my own touch." She was inspired to start a student dress drive, giving more students the chance to access more afford- able dresses for school dances. She teamed up with Stacey Maselli Dalpe, the school's special education department head who had helped manage the school's Cinderella's Closet dress drive in the past. Construction on Lincoln High School meant there was no place to store the dresses, so Dalpe said they pressed pause on the closet. She and Ruiz decided to revamp the drive using Instagram. Ruiz will use the account to post photos of dresses that people in the community can buy, borrow or trade for one of their own, along with size and contact information. The handle for the account is @ dressexpress_. Ruiz added that she hopes the digital platform will help boost her campaign and help more people in need. She plans to collect dresses to make available on the account, encouraging those with lightly worn formal or semi-formal dresses to drop them off at the front office of Lincoln High School from April 8 to 26. With prom and other formal danc- es costing $1,000 or more, Ruiz said she hopes helping people her age save money on formal wear will free up some cash for other things. "The goal is for people to save money and to be able to experience prom and dances that they couldn't before because of the price," she said. "I want to give them that chance." LHS junior plans dress drive By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Lincoln High School student JADE RUIZ plans to organize a community-wide dress drive for prom season as part of her junior exhibition project.

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