Danielle Castle wants the public to recognize and be proud of the artistic talents of Prince Albert and area high school students.
With diverse media reflecting a variety of different themes, Castle—the Mann Art Gallery’s acting educator and the show’s curator—is confident the ninth annual Prince Albert High School Juried Art Show will do just that.
The show was forced to take an online approach this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students submitted over 80 artworks, with the show displaying 76 of them by 64 artists.
The art show goes live on the Mann Art Gallery’s website on Friday.
“It’s a really good time right now for the students to be able to express themselves because normalcy has been taken away from them,” said Castle.
“I was really pleased to see a lot of the different creativity and craftsmanship in the artwork. There’s some really phenomenal pieces.”
Castle split the show into six different galleries: Sculptures, A Word From The Students, Boundless Beauty, A Walk In Nature, Reflections and A Dale Auger Study.
The Sculptures category features several 3D works made out of clay, needle felting, cardboard and fabric, to name a few. In A Word From The Students, the artists describe what inspires them or how their piece makes them feel. A Walk In Nature is centred around the earth’s beauty, and includes pastel, acrylic, mixed media and photography. The next category, Boundless Beauty, showcases a variety of different techniques the students have achieved.
According to Castle’s curator’s statement, while she wanted to encourage original art, she felt it was important to also highlight art history.
That’s where A Dale Auger Study comes in, which are recreations of pieces by the Sakaw Cree artist from Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta.
“I am excited to show the interpretations of Dale Auger’s paintings that were submitted by Ms. Charlene Roy, art teacher at PACI (Prince Albert Collegiate Institute). In this section, the eight students did great work that showed a lot of joy in their oil pastels,” said Castle in the statement.
She also had submissions from St. Mary High School, Carlton Comprehensive Public High School, Regent Academy and one from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.
“Curating this show brought me so much happiness, inspiration and pride in our students’ hard work.”
The winners of six awards will be announced at an online reception on May 21 at 7 p.m.
These awards are for Best in Show (in honour of On the Avenue Artisan’s Gallery), Artistic Achievement, Juror’s Choice (John V. Hicks award fund), Juicy Colour (in honour of Cheryl Ring), Creative Clay (in honour of Cheryl Ring) and Artistic Innovation (in honour of the Prince Albert Council for the Arts).
There’s also a People’s Choice Award. Each person can vote for one artwork by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the artist’s name and the title of the piece. Voting is open until June 20 and the winner be announced on June 22.
Local artist LJ Tyson will also be performing at the online reception, which will be available on the Mann Art Gallery’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Tyson recently released his album, Skeleton.
For the first time, students were able to put their artwork up for sale. To purchase, contact email@example.com.
Levi Nelson art on display in downtown Pemberton – Pique Newsmagazine
Hydro boxes in Pemberton just got a lot more exciting.
Pieces by Levi Nelson, a Lil’wat Nation artist in his last year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, are now installed on hydro boxes along Portage Road and on the utility box at the Downtown Community Barn.
“We are incredibly grateful and honoured that Levi shared his artwork with us,” the Village of Pemberton said on a Facebook post on Friday, June 5.
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at the Talking Stick Festival, the Museum of Anthropology, North Vancouver City Art Scape, and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design Aboriginal Student Art Show. He also recently became the first Lil’wat Nation artist to have a piece in the Audain Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The recent hydro box wraps were made possible thanks to a contribution from BC Hydro’s beautification fund.
Applications being accepted for public art funding – paNOW
Macleod Campbell explained they are also happy to support public art projects as they help to improve the overall quality of life for people in the city.
“It’s nice to have public art for viewing at this time as well as of course supporting the artist,” she said.
Eligible groups can include a range of organizations from local art groups to private businesses. In order to be eligible, the group has to be working with a professional artist and the piece must be displayed publicly.
There is not a hard deadline for people to apply for funding. Macleod Campbell said applications are subject to approval from the art working committee and city council.
Macleod Campbell explained the city is also working to make people aware of the art which is on display in public spaces around the city, as they have created a public art tour brochure. The document is currently available on the city website and they are looking to get physical copies out into the public.
“That’ll be something as well,” said Macleod Campbell.
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Edmonton teen shares love of art with neighbourhood – Global News
Paige Reid is brightening up her Edmonton neighbourhood, one driveway at a time.
The 15-year-old budding artist said chalk art was an easy way to spend less time cooped up in the house.
“It was a way to be outside and still do something I would have done inside anyway. I just wanted to have fun with a new kind of medium,” said Paige.
Before long, her work captured the attention of most of her neighbours in Riverbend.
“I’ve had a lot of kids run up to me and say, ‘Whoa, whoa whoa!’ They’ve been very amazed that I’ve done characters that they recognize.”
Paige soon began to venture out from beyond her own driveway.
“Paige offered to draw a cat on our porch,” said neighbour Shauna Scott. “Every single time someone comes to our door people stop and say, ‘Wow, who did this?’ It gives us a big kick when we open the door.”
The young artist said she doesn’t charge for her drawings, but if someone offers compensation—she’ll use it to buy more chalk.
“People say you can’t put a price on happiness so I don’t want to do that. It’s fun for me. I don’t need a reward for doing something I already want to do,” she said.
Paige’s mom, Cori Reid, said it’s no surprise her daughter spends her day bringing joy to others.
“She’s got a good heart. She’s very kind,” said Reid. “She thinks about other people all the time.”
This neighbourhood Picasso is also helping fill time during long summer days.
“[Because of COVID-19] there’s not a lot for kids to do right now, except for being stuck on the computer and be stuck with school on Zoom, dance class on Zoom. It’s nice to get out and feel productive,” said Reid.
While at the same time, bringing a neighbours a smile, one character at a time.
“I’m very happy I’ve achieved my goal of making other people happy.”
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