NEWBURYPORT — In addition to Saturday's waterfront music festival, students from all grade levels in the Newburyport School District will be showcasing their artistic talents.

From 3 to 5 p.m. community members can see visual art upstairs at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, in conjunction with musical performances behind the Sea Level Restaurant. About three dozen pieces of teacher-selected artwork will be displayed in this first annual Performing and Visual Arts Celebration.

"Each of our six art teachers kindergarten through high school selected about six pieces of excellent work to be displayed at the show," said Alissa Gallegos, one of the six art teachers in the Newburyport School District.

All mediums of art including pencil sketches, watercolor and acrylic paints, pastel, colored pencil, digital artwork and three-dimensional artwork will be included, Gallegos said. Two-dimensional work consisting of animation character designs, scratchboard art, photography and mixed media projects will also be featured.

A reception will be held on the second floor of the Firehouse Center from 3 to 5 p.m. and work will continue to be displayed Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Art teachers across the district are eager to show off the talents of students to the entire community.

"This is the first time in years, if at all, that we have worked as a complete Visual and Performing Arts Department to showcase the arts in this way," Gallegos said. "Next year we hope to display a much larger number of artworks for this collective show."

AJ Smith, a visual arts teacher at Newburyport High School, highlighted the importance of sharing the work of students with the community, something the district is hoping to do more of in the future.

"We wanted to showcase the student work of all the arts in Newburyport at levels to provide the community with an understanding and appreciation of their talent and hard work and to recognize and celebrate that work for the students and their friends and families," Smith said.

During the performing arts portion of the day, all schools in the district will play music, dance and dramatic pieces throughout the afternoon. Presented by the district’s Performing Arts Department, the festival will highlight performing arts groups from all schools at each grade level in music, dance and theater arts.

The Newburyport Education Foundation granted the district money to use to mat and hang student work. Local businesses, including Diane's Fine Desserts, Buttermilk Baking Co., Shaw's and Chococoa's have donated food for the reception.

Waterfront activities, including the musical portion, will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information contact Alissa Gallegos, agallegos@newburyport.k12.ma.us.

Amanda Getchell covers Newburyport and Seabrook. Follow her on Twitter @ajgetch.

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