Art in the Lobby

Children’s Art Nepal: paintings of, by and about Nepali women and children

Railroad square cinema
January8 - February 5, 2019

The mission of CHILDREN’S ART NEPAL is to offer opportunities for creativity/self-expression in the arts to children and women who have little access to educational and cultural experiences. While the focus is on children and women, other marginalized groups, rural and urban, will are also included in these free Art Workshops. Encouraging self-expression & creativity, especially in young children, is an essential part of fulfilling human potential, improving problem solving skills and enhancing daily living. In addition to improving self-esteem and well -being, some of the skills taught could lead to small businesses and increasing personal incomes.

The ART Workshops began in 2012, facilitated/funded by Nancy Lagin with the invaluable help of Narad Sunuwar, Sri Raj Gurung, Harka Lama, Kumar Bishwakarma,Rajeev Goyal and Tsewang Bista. Fortunately, it has been possible to work with mostly the same children year after year and continuing on, with new participants whenever possible. Programming has to be kept small due to limited or lack of funding.

It is likely that the only time these children have the opportunity to paint is during my annual workshops. The small paintings mounted on wood are reproductions of original watercolors which are left with those who created them, in the villages or schools, along with painting supplies. Many of the paintings were done by migrating children and nuns from Upper Mustang. The works done by older women only came about as an unforeseen outcome of their becoming homeless and displaced by the earthquake of 2014. These workshops took place about 6 weeks after the quake in the Chuchepati tent camps.

Many of these women had never even held a pen or learned to write their names - which may be why they were eager artists and quick, appreciative learners!

“Anu and Horse Dream” by Nancy Lagin

“Anu and Horse Dream” by Nancy Lagin

About Art in the Lobby

The Call for Art in the Lobby 2018-19 is currently open!

Proposals should be sent to and must consist of the following:

  • Artist's full name, phone number, and email address.

  • 5 high-quality images (JPG preferred) of works proposed for exhibition.

  • Artist's statement, a brief biography, and a list of prior exhibitions (including dates) where the proposed work has been shown.

Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. We are committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

Each year, a Call to Artists will be open to artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales of works on display must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

Images of all selected works will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole and may be used in all of Maine Film Center's marketing and communications. The Maine Film Center will host a reception for the artist at Railroad Square Cinema if the artist is interested.