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July 15, 2014

Pentucket AlumNight returns Saturday

WEST NEWBURY – The creative talents of more than 40 alumni of the Pentucket School District’s fine and performing arts program will be on display this Saturday at the 10th Annual AlumNight.

Hosted for the past decade by the non-profit Pentucket Arts Foundation, the event is a benefit featuring former Pentucket High School students who return to their alma mater each year to raise funds to enhance the arts in the community.

Typically held on the first Friday in January, this year’s event was postponed due to a snowstorm. AlumNight 2014 opens on Saturday with a visual arts exhibit in the high school cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m.; performing artists take the stage in the auditorium at 7.

Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go to the non-profit arts foundation, whose mission is to support and enhance the arts in the Pentucket schools.

For the first time this year, Elisabetta “Leeza” Masia (Pentucket Class of 2006) is curating the visual art gallery. Masia, who majored in painting and minored in creative writing at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, specializes in mixed media. Her pieces include “lots of collage and lots of color,” she said.

Currently working as a manager for Giuseppe’s Fresh Pasta & Fine Food, an Italian restaurant in Newburyport owned by her father, Masia says her artistic background is a real asset in helping her face “life’s everyday adventures and struggles.”

This year’s AlumNight Art Gallery features the widest range of arts media in the event’s 10-year history. Alexandra Unger (’07) will be showing her handmade ceramics; Ben Groder (’06) offers a selection of hand-carved guitars; and Michelle Boland (’09) is bringing her “cake art.”

Emily Munson (’06) will display “Artful Healing” an art therapy program offered through the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and episodes of a web series by Amy Bartlett (’04) will be running. Adam Yeremian (’03), Caterina Masia (’09), and Cassie Pacenka (’12) are all showing original films.

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