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May 6, 2013

Pentucket Arts Festival puts students' talents on display

WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket’s fine and performing artists strut their creative stuff at the annual Arts Festival Thursday. Held at the regional high school each spring for the past 19 years, the popular event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The culmination of a year of artistic expression and study, the evening taps the talents of the arts department’s choral, instrumental, theater, video, and visual arts students. Under the direction of veteran visual arts teacher Marcia Nadeau-Tanner, Pentucket High School’s hallways, cafeteria and auditorium are transformed into an art gallery and performance space — with paintings, sketches and photographs on every wall, and vocal, instrumental, comedic and theatrical offerings around every corner throughout the building.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to pick up a schedule of the evening’s artistic offerings when they enter the building so they can map out which direction they want to start strolling toward first.

As they have for the past few years, Nadeau-Tanner’s AP and Senior Studio students will again host a Minumental Art sale in the cafeteria that evening. Students, teachers and other artists throughout the community submitted original artwork no bigger in size than 2-by-2 inches. The “mini masterpieces” will be matted and sold during the festival for $13 each in honor of Pentucket’s graduating Class of 2013.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation (www.pentucketarts.org), dedicated for the past 10 years to enhancing arts education and programs throughout the Pentucket communities.

During the evening, festival-goers can refuel with plates of refreshments and coffee on sale in the cafeteria. The refreshment table is sponsored by the arts foundation with generous contributions from Glenn and Mary Kemper of Executive Gourmet Services.

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