Rabbit Island students to host art exhibit, presentation

Two students look at Rabbit Island, where they were able to stay for a week-long trip in Summer 2019. (Portage Lake District Library and Rabbit Island Foundation photo)

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - In July, the Portage Lake District Library and the Rabbit Island Foundation gave five local high school students the experience of a lifetime.

These students were awarded full scholarships to attend the library’s first Rabbit Island School, a seven-day arts and ecology expedition to a remote island in Lake Superior.

On Wednesday, October 23, the students will host an art exhibit and presentation on their experience from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rabbit Island is a 91-acre forested island in Lake Superior, located four miles east of Rabbit Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The island has never been developed or subdivided, and a conservation easement granted in 2010 assures the island will remain healthy forever.

During their seven day expedition, students spent time reading, writing, painting, sketching, carving spoons, creating natural dyes from plants, cooking, fishing, identifying local flora and fauna, building an island community and more. They were joined by two artist mentors and one program administrator from the library.

“I am thrilled for the Rabbit Island School students to share their experience and art with the greater community,” Said Dillon Geshel, Library Director. “Witnessing the student’s engagement with their art, the landscape, and each other is something I’ll never forget. I can’t wait for the public to relive their expedition through the exhibit.”

Library events are free and open to all. Please contact the library at 906-482-4570 for more information.

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