Curating a young people's art exhibition

Staff writer
March 14, 2014 01:00 AM

Young artists review work for the Word of Art show now showing at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

It has been an exciting few weeks at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

Last week was set-up week for Words of Art, the GPAG annual art show founded by Joanna Mackenzie-Enga, focusing on art pieces from young people all over the Coast. On Sunday, March 2, the pieces were laid out on the floor for all to see, and the young people began the process of looking at each other's submissions.

Each artist was encouraged to talk about the intent, the materials used and the choices involved for their piece, and to enjoy the observations of fellow artists and the curators: Laurel Sukkau, Sarah Gillingham, and Jean Pierre Makosso.

It was a process enjoyed by both artists and their parents and friends. A great exercise in seeing and appreciating beyond the obvious.

After the art talk, work began on a public art project for the gallery: an Emoji or text art project using the symbols familiar to us all from Internet messaging conversations. The theme for this Emoji project is called Double Vision since it represents both text and art. It will be featured on the outside on the gallery marquee.

The show opened last Friday March 7 and continues until March 31.

There are several upcoming events around the exhibition including: Little Hands an architectural workshop with Sukkau on March 15, a performance by the teen band Mama's Boys on March 16 and over at the Gibsons and District Public Library, a song writing workshop with songwriter Lowry Olafson to celebrate the 100th birthday of the public library, partnering this year with the gallery.

All events are free. Bring yourself and the young artists in your family.


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