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A combination of opportunities helped to shape Arlene’s early life. These included: having to go to work out of high school (college was not an option); moving to Maine; working in a poverty law firm; and being accepted as a special student in her thirties at the University of Southern Maine. There, she spent seven years falling in love with art and gaining the confidence to make it a way of life. As the Director of Spindleworks, an arts program for adults with developmental disabilities, Arlene worked with artists, sharing their enthusiasm, while keeping her own art alive. Drawing and painting in the evenings and weekends allowed her to enter shows and to begin the process of becoming a full-time artist. She spent ten years in a drawing group in an old chicken barn in Bowdoinham, Maine, where she met local artists. Building an art community became important to her. For over twenty years, she has shared her studio space with a non-profit arts program. She supports the program by volunteering to curate and hang shows. Today, Arlene can usually be found in her studio. Painting, drawing, paper assemblages and books are her current loves.