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Reception for high school visual and performing artists to take place March 25

Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium
More than 500 pieces of the Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium "Changes" exhibit are hung salon style, a European technique that dates back to the 17th century.
3/18/2013 —



Monday, March 25
Visual Arts: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A reception for high school visual artists and performing artists of the Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium is slated for Monday, March 25, at Penn State New Kensington.

Visual artists will discuss their works from 5 to 7 p.m. in the campus Art Gallery. Performing artists will showcase their talents from 7to 9 p.m. in the Forum Theatre. Both events are free to the public.

“Changes” is the theme of the annual student art exhibit that runs through March 30 in the gallery. The show is sponsored by the consortium, a group of local educators dedicated to bringing performing and visual arts to area students. Prissy Pakulski, visual arts educator at Valley High School in the New Kensington-Arnold School District, is the coordinator of the event.

“The gallery at Penn State New Kensington produces an ambiance of professionalism, and students get a real gallery exhibition experience,” said Pakulski, a visual artist who previously has shown her work at the campus. "The performing arts component is an opportunity for students to perform a solo or small group recital.”

Artwork by high school students from four area school districts -- Deer Lakes, Highlands, Kiski Area and New Kensington-Arnold -- is featured in the show. More than 500 two- and three-dimensional pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewelry will be hung salon style, a European technique that dates back to the 17th century. Salon style features a single exhibition room with artwork covering all the walls in a collage-like pattern.

 “The salon style furthers the uniqueness of the young emerging artists,” said Pakulski, who works in stained glass. “In addition, easels and pedestals will further showcase the creations.”

The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends. For more information, contact Pakulski at 724-337-4536 ext. 2010 or ppakulski@nkasd.com.

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