Young Visions Reveal The Future


Submitted by: 

Maggie Shirley


Tranquility by JL Crowe student Artist Georgia Merry

West Kootenay youth from throughout School District 20 are featuring their art in the annual Young Visions exhibition taking place at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar. The show opens Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the free opening event.

“This is my favourite show of the year” says Val Field, executive director of the Gallery. “It is such a pleasure to see the creativity and hard work of our local students.” The works are chosen from art classes at Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre (both Trail and Castlegar), Stanley Humphries Secondary School in Castlegar, JL Crowe Secondary School in Trail and Rossland Summit School in Rossland.

 “The variety and quality of the artwork is outstanding” concludes Field. Gallery curator, Maggie Shirley agrees with Field and adds, “It is a pleasure to focus on local talent and to provide the youth with an opportunity to get the experience of having work professionally presented in an art show. I secretly hope that this is the beginning of at least one art career and that I’ll see their work back in the Gallery again some day in the future.”

Making the show possible are School District 20 and (in particular) teachers Shelley Painter, Marissa Haw, Charlene Barnes, Joost WInckers and Bryar-Anne Wood. Shirley says “We appreciate the effort of the art teachers to provide the students with this community enhancing experience. Like most teachers, they go above and beyond their job expectations to support the students. ” The show is sponsored by Kootenay Savings Credit Union, along with the  major gallery sponsors - BC Arts Council, the City of Castlegar and the BC Gaming Commission.

Young Visions runs from April 20 to May 27. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission to the show following the opening is free for members and by donation for nonmembers.