National Arts Program showcases works of local public employees

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The city of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Portland Public Library employees and their families will showcase their artwork on the walls of City Hall as a part of the seventh annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, with an opening Friday at an artist's reception at 6:30 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to visit City Hall to view the art on display March 1 through March 15, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"The National Arts Program® and the city's exhibit offer employees and their families an opportunity to bring forth their talents — at whatever level — amateur, intermediate, professional, or youth, and share their work with their colleagues and the public," said Karen Seymour, recreation supervisor and organizer of the event. "The exhibit gives the public the opportunity to see another side of the lives of public servants."
The National Arts Program® is designed to give artists at all levels of skill an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and compete for cash prizes, according to a city press release. Sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation in support and cooperation with the City of Portland, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals. Winners in the amateur, intermediate, professional and youth categories will be announced at the artist's reception today.