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Annual PPS Student Art Show Opens this Week at City Hall

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Annual PPS Student Art Show Opens this Week at City Hall
Posted on 04/27/2016
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Starting this Thursday, Portland Public Schools’ students will put their talents, imagination and creativity on public display at Portland City Hall in the district’s annual Student Art Show.

The work of approximately 650 talented students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be exhibited during this year’s show, which runs from Thursday, April 28, to Wednesday, May 18.

The show will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, April 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students’ musical abilities also will be on display during that event: The King Middle School Beethoven Select Orchestra will play at the reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“This show sends many messages about our community and the importance of the arts,” said Chad Hart, an art teacher at Riverton Elementary School and the Portland Public Schools’ art coordinator. “It showcases the wonderful talent of our students, their creativity, imagination and their abilities.”

He said that one of the highlights of this year’s show will be a number of three-dimensional works, most of them clay sculptures created by students in all levels – elementary, middle and high school.

The show features both younger students’ work and older students’ work. Visitors can see creative and compelling works from each grade and also get a sense of students’ growing artistic capabilities as they mature.

The show also is an opportunity to showcase the efforts of the district’s art teachers. “This show is a great example of the dedication and devotion of our art teachers and their love of their students and the arts,” Hart said.

He said the number of visitors to the show each year shows how vital the arts are to the Portland community. “The great response from the community to this show is a testament to the importance of the arts and the talent and vision of our students and teachers,” Hart said.

In addition to attending the opening reception, the public can view the artwork whenever City Hall is open. General building hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday, May 6, for First Friday Art Walk, the building also will be open until 8 p.m. for the public to enjoy the show during that event. 

Hart thanked the following people and organizations for their help and support of the show: The Maine Arts Commission; Portland City Hall’s custodial crew; city of Portland senior administrative assistant Judy Rosen; Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) Culinary Concepts Program instructor Doug Armstrong and his students; Portland Public Schools’ orchestra teacher Julianne Eberl and the King Middle School Beethoven Ensemble; and Allison Villani, Reiche Community School art teacher.