Photo: East End Arts website

Art from local high school students to celebrate civil rights leaders will be featured in the gallery show “Unity through Artistic Collaboration” beginning Saturday, Feb. 18 at East End Food Market hosted by East End Arts.

“Overall, the experience of working together and watching the face appear among the canvases was the most rewarding to my students,” said Jennifer Fiorio a teacher of Greenport High School.

The 14 mosaic art pieces from East End high schoolers were hung in their schools to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s Day. The portraits are made of 16 canvas panels to depict Martin Luther King Jr., Mahalia Jackson, Rosa Parks, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, John Lewis and Aretha Franklin.

Contributing high schools include Bridgehampton, Center Moriches, Comsewogue, East Hampton, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Longwood, Mattituck, Mount Sinai, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and William Floyd.

The artwork will be up for auction from the gallery opening until March 4 via the food market or online through the East End Arts website. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the East End Art art scholarship fund.

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