Arts Night to highlight student creativity in Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The fourth annual Arts Night will take place Thursday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m., giving students the opportunity to showcase their talents in painting, poetry, film and live music. 

This will be the second year students in both Pond Cove Elementary School and Cape Elizabeth Middle School will display their talents throughout the halls of the two schools.

Middle school drummers and members of the Jazz Band will hold a concert, and the Pond Cove Choir will perform. The World Languages group will share movies, and a few students will host a poetry recital.

Middle school parent and art supporter Lisa Gent said the Arts Night has been successful in the past, and there is a lot of room to grow in the future.

“Students have talents that surpass academics and athletics,” she said. “This is an opportunity for them to show their passions and endeavours.”

Gent said she would like to include short videos of students doing activities such as skiing, skateboarding, snowboarding, playing in a garage band, and set it to music.

“The possibilities are endless,” she said.

Middle school art teacher Marguerite Lawler-Rohner is one of the people who made the Arts Night a reality, Gent said.

“Our teachers have done an amazing job promoting and displaying student art,” she said. “We are looking forward to a wonderful night. We are so proud of our kids.”

Community members, parents and teachers are encouraged to participate in the creative event and to view the artwork, hear the music and watch the films. 

Some of the Cape students who will participate have been recognized for their work in other art shows and competitions.

In March, sixth-grade student Katherine Briggs showed a piece of art during Art Youth Month at the Portland Museum of Art. Catherine Pelligrini, another sixth-grader, won the Maine Learning Technology Initiative Screensaver Contest; her artwork will be featured on the state website. And fifth-grade student Beck Hamlin and eighth-grader Colby Shea-Perkins will represent Maine in a national art contest.

Gent said students will sell their artwork at the Young Artists Bazaar during Arts Night. For a $5 entry fee, students are treated as real artists and have to set up a booth to sell their wares. There will be jewelry, paintings, crafts and clay pieces.

Finally, April 29 will mark the unveiling of a conference-room mural completed by eighth-graders. The project was funded by the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation, and is based on an interpretation of a photograph by resident Jack Kennealy.

To donate food for Arts Night, to volunteer, or to participate in the Young Artist’s Bazaar, contact Gent at [email protected] or Suzanne McGinn at [email protected] 

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]