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Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:55

Students’ work on display

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swift Current’s annual High School Art Show is home to the region’s best student artwork.

It is the premiere exhibition for the West Wing Gallery, located at Doc’s Town in Kinetic Park.

The space will be used as an additional gallery space for local community-based art programming, with a focus on amateur and student work from the region.

“It’s a valuable program that we’ve been able to offer over the years, and it needed a kind of space where it could continue,” said Kim Houghtaling, director and curator of the Art Gallery of Swift Current.

The annual high school show wouldn’t have been able to continue without the help of the City of Swift Current.

“This was ideal, we’ve got the City on board for this program and we’ll be able to continue in this new gallery space,” said Houghtaling.

More than 100 students from six schools in the area participated in the show, including Ponteix High School, Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Gull Lake High School, Herbert High School, Maverick School, and the Chinook Online School.

“We had a great public reception on June 7, and that was a really good turnout and everybody was very enthusiastic,” said Houghtaling.

“People came from all of the communities involved, and that just showed that they were genuinely interested in the project. I talked to many students who are carrying on their art practice into universities that are planning to make a career out of it. That was pretty interesting to me, and I’m glad that there was that level of confidence in the students.”

He credited the work of the art teachers to carry on that important cultural literacy into the future.

“It was quite fun, I had a good time looking at all of the neat art pieces, and how people can create things out of nothing,” said Harley Salekin, a Grade 11 student from Ponteix High School.

“I think it’s very important to get your emotion out, and possibly get you to want to be an artist. It can be pretty inspirational, and make you feel good about your end product.”

“It was neat how the curator talked with you and asked why you did certain things, what assignments you had, how you created them, and how you came up with your idea,” said Sydney Schultz, a Grade 12 student from Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

“I think for some people (art) works better than others, because they’re very visual and helps express emotions that they may be having at home or with friends. It’s a good way to express them through their art.”

The High School Art Show runs at the West Wing Gallery 1-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until July 3.

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