Smith spent the majority of the day Tuesday looking over the 134 works in the exhibit, which is part of the association’s ArtLink educational outreach program. Local students in grades one through 12 created pieces in acrylic, digital art, drawing, fine crafts, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor.
“The students can be proud of every single piece that’s in there,” Smith said. “On a larger scale, the community should be really proud of the work that the students are doing in the schools.”
The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through March 23. A free reception and awards presentation will take place this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
If you go
What: Young & Budding Artists Show
When: March 7-23. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free reception and awards presentation this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.
More information: 978-465-8769 or www.newburyportart.org
Ruthanne Arbeit Excellence Award for Best of Show: Matthew Thompson, grade 12, “Fate,” sculpture
Joan Gessner Awards for Excellence: Kayla Houton-Sullivan, grade one, “The Bird Painting,” acrylic; Kaylie Dalgar, grade two, “Lighthouse,” watercolor; Audrey Conover, grade three, “The Dachshund,” watercolor; Gabriel Michalman, grade four, “On Thin Ice,” pastel; Matthew Reeves, grade five, “Happy Trees,” acrylic; Chris Wilkinson, grade six, “Life of Pie,” drawing; Nick D’alessandro, grade seven, “Bison,” mixed media; Olivia Landry, grade eight, “Spike,” drawing; Jessica Dickinson, grade nine, “Strength,” pastel; Madeline Harrington, grade 10, “The Mariner,” drawing; Jeremy Hean, grade 11, “Vincent, The Immortal Man,” sculpture; Will Clayton, grade 12, “The Return,” watercolor
The Walsingham Gallery Awards for Excellence: Ali Moore, grade 10, “Lavender’s Ruse,” pastel; Jackie Gillespie, grade 10, “Celebration of the Heart,” mixed media; Ashley Miller, grade 12, “Mirror,” photography; Brandon Duford, grade 12, “Snowy Owl,” photography; Gabrielle Cole, grade 12, “The Edge of the Wilderness,” watercolor