The upcoming Limelight Youth Art exhibition and showcase will feature a cross section of young, emerging artists and those showing their work publicly for the first time.
One of the participating artists, Giang Tran, an 11th grade student at St. Michaels University School, specializes in landscape painting, particularly in acrylics.
Living her first year in Canada, the Vietnam native is thrilled to exhibit her interpretations of natural scenes at home. She loves landscape work because it allows her to experience nature and discover the world around her.
When she arrived last fall, she had to self-quarantine for 14 days due to COVID-19 restrictions and used that time to create more artwork. “I decided to depict things that showed the most naturalistic elements of Vietnam,” she said, including a rice paddy and a detailed drawing of a lotus, Vietnam’s national flower.
“The way I miss my hometown, I hope to connect this distant distance through my art.”
The arts showcase, which runs June 1-20 at the Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Center, is a perfect way to help students burdened by pandemic restrictions and isolation emerge and connect with other artists. and the public, she said.
“This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their art from this dormant period during COVID. Creating art is a great way to relieve stress. For many creative people, the use of color in artwork of art is a way to represent their feelings, she added. “Painting gives me hope that even in the darkest days, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Other participants in the exhibition will be German students from the Spectrum Community School, Julia Priever and Antonia Busch, who will display some of their copies of black and white films.
Neither had much previous photography experience, but appreciated the opportunity to try their hand at using and developing film.
“It’s such a great feeling. I never thought my interest in photography or even art for that matter would be considered for public display,” Busch, Spectrum fine arts professor Rene Schwarz, said in an interview. “This show inspired me to buy my own camera and continue this art form when I get home.”
Priever, who is also considering buying a film camera, said she likes the slow, planned approach that film photography requires. “And to see that time and effort on display in a public gallery is very rewarding. It affirms me and gives me a self-confidence that I never expected artistic creation to do.
Brenda Weatherston, Community Arts Programmer for the District of Saanich, is thrilled to see a return to public exhibitions for young artists, whose unique voices can be a breath of fresh air.
“It’s a great opportunity for community members to learn, listen, be inspired and maybe even challenged,” she said.
Pieces will be on display June 1-20 during center hours, and a free Welcome Reception is scheduled for June 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. live and spoken music. representations of words by local high school students.
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