The Augusta storefront will display the works of a WBU student


This image of “I Like Skunks” was created by students at the University of Maine in Augusta. Photo courtesy of WBU

At the culmination of their fall semester course, 12 students from the University of Maine at Augusta created a large-scale collaborative comic book. The project is an adaptation of a story by Louise Dickinson Rich as part of an integrated English and art class, “Wham! Snap! Ugh! Graphic storytelling in form and practice.

The art exhibit will be displayed in the windows of 208 Water St., Augusta, courtesy of building owner Tyler Hall, from Monday December 13 through Sunday January 2, 2022.

The class adapted a section of Rich’s successful 1942 memoir, “We Took to the Woods”, which appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1942 as “I Like Skunks”. In this piece, Rich explains how she and her family came to adopt a skunk kit and raise it among a litter of sled dog puppies.

This graduate-level course taught by Lisa Botshon, UMA English professor, and Peter Precourt, UMA art professor, encourages communication and collaboration through graphic storytelling.

“Most of the students in this class aren’t art majors,” said Précourt. “This is an interdisciplinary course that enables and encourages students from all academic disciplines to find their creative voice through the use of graphic art technique. Wonderful positive energy developed as the students organized their work and focused on the creative process.

“Graphic storytelling is a great medium for communication, collaboration and creativity,” added Botshon. “In addition to bringing art and writing together, students should work together to create their visual representation of Rich’s work.”

“We Took to the Woods” is Rich’s memoir on off-grid life in the Rangeley Lake area. Her place in Middle Dam, also known as Forest Lodge, was her family’s year-round home from 1933 to 1944, and her summer home until 1955. This was while she lived in Forest Lodge Rich developed his literary skills and published her early stories and books.

For more information call 207-621-3495, visit uma.edu or send email [email protected].

Louise Dickinson Rich is typing at her home near Rangeley. Photo courtesy of WBU

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