The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Fine Art Gallery will present the exhibition Evelyn Kok: A Creative Life from April 18 through May 15, highlighting several works by Presque Isle’s own Evelyn Kok.
Evelyn Kok was raised in Boston, Massachusetts surrounded by creative family members. Her mother studied drawing, her father was a master with a paint brush, her grandfather made a square-sided cello and her great-grandfather made cameras; and Kok grew up observing and absorbing it all.
She fell in love with her husband Jan Kok, a Teaching Fellow in Music at Harvard University. He was offered employment teaching music courses at what was then the Aroostook State Normal School, so the young couple traveled north to make a life for themselves in Aroostook County. She gave water color lessons and guitar lessons in her home. She created a map of Aroostook County for the County Chamber of Commerce, which conveyed her love of the County. For her, the only thing missing in the County was the smell of salt air and the sound of gulls.
She is able to enjoy them now at the couple’s studio in Stonington during the summer months. When the schooners sail into Stonington Harbor during their Penobscot Bay excursions, on which she has sailed many times, she and her husband often get an invitation to come out for supper and sing on the deck. They may sing some of her songs about “The County” and explain why they love it “way up there” enough to go back north in the middle of October.
All are invited to come and visit with Evelyn Kok during an opening reception that will be held on Sunday, April 18 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibition will introduce visitors to a sampling of Kok’s productive life in the visual arts. This event is open to the community without charge and will be on view through May 15, 2010. For more information, contact Sandra Huck at 207-768-9611, or firstname.lastname@example.org.