Ladysmith’s young and emerging artists given voice at new show

Showcase offers chance to see some of the the community’s surprising and inspiring student talent

There’s a hanging at the Art Gallery: Etsuko Kaj-Holley hangs “We were There” by Emily Alyward. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

There’s a hanging at the Art Gallery: Etsuko Kaj-Holley hangs “We were There” by Emily Alyward. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Art Up! Students and emerging artists are express their voices in Ladysmith through creativity.

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District’s gallery is chalk-full of student art.

Students from local schools and the Arts Council’s own art class students of all ages and abilities are displaying their work in the gallery at 444 Parkhill Terrace (the old Davis Road School) in an exhibition that opened Saturday and featured inspirational guest speeches from young and emerging artists, as well as poetry and musical performances from local youth.

Original artwork will be on display until April 20, and the gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturdays with free admission (donations welcome).

According to an Arts Council media release, this exhibition, sponsored by Red’s Emporium, continues to be one of their most exciting and popular shows because of the surprising and inspiring talent in our community.

“Celebrating our future artists and giving them a space to display their work in a gallery setting can be life-changing, especially when young artists can hear back from the community about how their artwork moved them,” the release states.

For those who are unable to attend the show in person, many of the pieces are also included in an online version of the show, viewable at the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District’s website.

 

Art teacher Josslyn Meyers holds an elephant by Juno Zummack from the student classes (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Art teacher Josslyn Meyers holds an elephant by Juno Zummack from the student classes (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Art Teacher Kathleen Hall of Ladysmith Secondary School holds a coloured pencil piece by Grade 10 students art Josie Waller (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Art Teacher Kathleen Hall of Ladysmith Secondary School holds a coloured pencil piece by Grade 10 students art Josie Waller (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)