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Sales at Raise the Roof art shows benefit the artists and Cambridge Center for Adult Education equally, organizers said. (Photo: Cambridge Center for Adult Education)

Sales at Raise the Roof art shows benefit the artists and Cambridge Center for Adult Education equally, organizers said. (Photo: Cambridge Center for Adult Education)

The third biennial Raise the Roof art sale starts Thursday with a free reception.

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education student and teacher art show runs through May. All work on display is for sale, most of $100 to $300 range.

“This is one of the most exciting art shows the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has ever done,” executive director Susan Hartnett said. “We expect to exhibit hundreds of works of art by artists at all stages in their careers, from the most accomplished to the very beginner.”

The first Raise the Roof was in the spring of 2010, when a group of students and teachers joined with Hartnett to raise money to fix leaky roofs over the center’s art and dance studios. The proceeds from the sale are shared evenly by the center and the artists.

The opening reception party is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday with live jazz by Henry Allen & the Swing Set and a signature cocktail, The Tory. Everyone is welcome. The center is at 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square.

This post was written from a press release.