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Students use artistic talents to raise funds for Maverick School at coffeehouse and art auction

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Maverick School students, from left, Christine Davison, Jaden Bakken and Kathryn Desautels apply glazing to ceramic art pieces in preparation for the 11th annual Through Our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction. Maverick School students, from left, Christine Davison, Jaden Bakken and Kathryn Desautels apply glazing to ceramic art pieces in preparation for the 11th annual Through Our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction.

Maverick School students will use their artistic and musical talents to raise funds for the school’s arts and outdoor education program at the annual coffeehouse and art auction.


The 11th annual Through Our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction takes place at Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre May 3-4.
Students have been busy for weeks to create art works and to practise their musical pieces for the event.
Grade 12 student Kathryn Desautels enjoys the opportunity to be creative during the making of artworks for the auction.
“I love it,” she said. “It’s my favourite part about Maverick. We just have the opportunities to do as much artwork as we want and explore our passions basically.”
This is her second year of involvement with the coffeehouse and art auction. Students are taking part in all aspects of the event, including the preparations and different activities during each evening. Desautels was a 50/50 ticket seller at last year’s event and this year she will be a greeter.
“It was amazing,” she said about last year’s coffeehouse and art auction. “It was just eye opening to see how it helps students to be more confident on stage and how it helps them in their everyday life too. It’s really awesome.”
Jack Tonner, who is completing Grade 12, will participate in his fourth coffeehouse and art auction. His involvement has grown over the years.
“I started the first year with one music piece and various art pieces, but I basically just got more and more involved with it over the years. I kept getting more enjoyment out of it every year, taking on more music pieces, trying to do more arts, being more bold with my art.”
His participation in the event helped him to grow and develop as an artist and a musician.
“I used to be very self-conscious about my art, but when I saw people buying my art I realized that it was beautiful and I didn’t have to be self conscious about it,” he said. “So I took pride in my art at that time. It helped me as a musician because it gave me something to work towards beyond just my own personal goals, allowing me to become even better.”
He had no musical experience until he joined Maverick School, but he has learned to play a number of instruments through the music program. He can play harmonica, ukulele and mandolin, but his main stage instrument is bass guitar.
“I’m now a what you would call a mediocre bassist at best, but nevertheless I have gained many skills from it,” he said.
According to Maverick School Principal Jayne Nicholson, all the money raised at the coffeehouse and art auction will be used to fund arts and outdoor education related activities for the students.
“Coffeehouse is essential to supporting our fine arts and outdoor education programs,” she said. “We’re either hiring artists or musicians to come in and do workshops. So it’s the artists, the musicians coming in, art supplies, music equipment, recording equipment, as well as park fees, camping fees sometimes, and outdoor education equipment as well.”
She appreciates the support from the community over the years, which has made this event an annual success.
“It’s been phenomenal,” she said. “I love the Swift Current community and the business community and individuals who come forward and offer their sponsorship dollars so that we can keep this event as successful as possible.”
The event is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and for the community to learn more about the school.
“For the students, it’s a chance to obviously learn new skills, become better musicians and visual artists with all the instructors we have coming in,” she said. “It’s also a chance for them to show our larger Swift Current community who they are as people. These are very creative, talented young people who are goal oriented and wanting to succeed in life and very dedicated to their futures and I think that comes through with coffeehouse.”
All the preparations and hard work to make the two evenings a success contribute to a feeling of community at the school.
“We call ourselves the Maverick family, as students often refer to it, and at coffeehouse we’re all pulling together and working together to create something special to share with our community and celebrate with them as students and artists,” she said. “It’s just really wonderful what it does that way.”
The Through Our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction takes place at the Lyric Theatre on May 3 and 4. Student and professional artwork will be on display. The bidding for silent auction art items will take place throughout the evening and there will be a live auction of selected student and donated professional pieces halfway through the evening. There will be a program of musical performances by Maverick students during the evening.
The theatre doors open at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.
The May 4 event is already sold out, but tickets at $25 each for the May 3 event are still available at Pharmasave and Maverick School.

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