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Annual PPS Student Art Show at City Hall Opens Friday, May 5

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Annual PPS Student Art Show at City Hall Opens Friday, May 5
Posted on 04/27/2017
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The artistic talent, imagination and creativity of Portland Public Schools’ students will be on display May 5 through May 18 at Portland City Hall in the district’s annual Student Art Show.

The work of as many as 600 talented students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be exhibited in the halls of City Hall, located at 389 Congress St.

The show will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, May 5, during the city’s First Friday Art Walk. The reception will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students’ musical abilities also will be on display during that event: There will be a performance by the Lincoln Middle School Select Orchestra at 4 p.m.

“The public can learn about the creativity, intelligence, artistic abilities and social awareness that our talented students have, and that our great art teachers bring out in our students,” said Chad Hart, an art teacher at Riverton Elementary School and the Portland Public Schools’ art coordinator. “I think the show is a great way to see the wide array of subject matter, artists and art movements and mediums that are taught in our schools.”

He said highlights of this year’s show include numerous three-dimensional works, most of them clay sculptures created by students from all levels – elementary, middle and high school.

Hart said other artwork includes some pieces created by groups of students and portraits and landscapes. Some themes in the current show “touch on the political and social issues from the past year,” Hart said.

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 how the district’s art teachers foster student creativity and talent.

The public can view the artwork whenever City Hall is open. General building hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but during the two-week art show, the public will be able to use the front doors to access the lobby areas of the first and second floors until 7:30 p.m. each night to enjoy the art.

The Portland Public Schools is most grateful to 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; students and staff in the PATHS Culinary Concepts program; Portland Public Schools’ orchestra teacher Julianne Eberl and the Lincoln Middle School Select Orchestra; and all Portland Public Schools’ art teachers, for their hard work.