Students will shine this month at Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery

Artwork produced by local students will grace the walls of the Waterfront Gallery June 1-16.

Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery‘s upcoming exhibit revolves around students’ novel interpretations of art.

Beginning June 1, Waterfront Gallery will showcase works produced by art students from Vancouver Island University alongside art from students at local elementary and high schools.

The show promises to be “funky” and “a lot of fun,” arts council president Kathy Holmes said, adding that the exhibit’s eclectic mix of print making, clay pottery and acrylic is “pretty incredible.”

“There’s some ‘Oh, wow!’ stuff,” Holmes added.

Holmes anticipates submissions from Ladysmith Secondary School, Stz’uminus First Nation’s primary and secondary schools and from students of the Waterfront Gallery’s art classes, she said.

The art intake for Waterfront Gallery’s student show is scheduled for May 28 and 29, and the show’s opening gala is slated for Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

Student works will hang on Waterfront Gallery walls until June 16.

When it comes down, it will be replaced by the Best of the Cowichan Valley, a travelling collection hosted in conjunction with the Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC).

The collection is “a spin-off” of the CVAC’s multi-media show and features 26 of its finest works, Holmes said.

Best of the Cowichan Valley features a mix of photography, clay, stained glass, collage and paintings employing various media produced by the likes of Cim MacDonald, Linda Richter, and Sandra Carr and Joe Gelinas.

The exhibit will tour throughout the valley region from June through September beginning with a showing at Ladysmith’s Waterfront Gallery June 18-30.

For more information on the gallery’s June shows, call 250-245-1252.