UMM Art Galleries to Feature Local Artist Jaap Helder

Machias, Maine – Original works by Maine artists Jaap Helder and Diana Young will be on display at the University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries during the month of March.

Jaap Helder, a resident of Machias, was born in the Netherlands. After completing his education, Helder spent time traveling throughout Europe and Asia before moving to Maine. In 1998 he settled in Eastern Maine, where the unspoiled, raw beauty of the Down East landscape is a strong source of inspiration for his work. His paintings can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.

Diana Young is a resident of Bangor and has painted in many media as an artist. Young attributes much of the influence in her work to the seasons in Maine, spending the summer drawing and painting outdoors. Recently, Young has been experimenting with a scroll saw to create a series of raised wood figures.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. UMM's Art Galleries are located on the first floor of Powers Hall. The exhibits are free and open to the public and will be on display through March 31.

For gallery hours, please call UMM Art Gallery Director Bernie Vinzani at 255-1279. To learn more about Jaap Helder, visit

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