MANCHESTER - The Southern Vermont Arts Center kicks off its annual exhibition, "Art from the Schools," with an opening reception on Saturday, March 23, from 2- 4 p.m. Yester House Galleries will be filled to the rafters with extraordinary and vibrant student artwork collected from 17 area schools.

The exhibit is free and open to the public until April 10.

All of the artwork - drawings, paintings, mixed media, and sculpture - has been produced by area art students (pre-kindergarten through high school) during the course of the academic year and arranged by their art teachers in the Yester House Galleries in space assigned to each school.

Schools participating in the exhibition are Arlington Area Childcare, Arlington Arts Enrichment Program, Arlington Middle and High Schools, Burr and Burton Academy, Currier Memorial, Dorset School, Flood Brook Union, Grace Christian School, Homeschoolers of Southern Vermont, Long Trail School, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Maple Street School, Mettawee Community School, The Mountain School, North Bennington Graded School, and Sunderland Elementary.

A highlight of the Art from the Schools exhibit is the popular Young Picassos Pizza Party, taking place on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Yester House Galleries.


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Students participating in the show are welcome to join with their friends and families for the lively event featuring food donated by area businesses, music by the Long Trail Band, art activities for youngsters, and of course, pizza.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road in Manchester. For more information, call (802) 362-1405 or visit www.svac.org.