Coast students' best on display

The Young People's Own Show is presently on display at the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.

Once again this year, high school students from Elphinstone, Pender Harbour and the Sunshine Coast Alternative School are showing their best work.

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The high quality and originality of the work from students of the Alternative School is certainly impressive. The students are presenting a strong selection of works from their photographic collection. One piece, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Ocea White has already been sold, attesting to the high quality of the craftsmanship and imagery. Dana Verhulst has made photographs of derelict vehicles abandoned on Mount Elphinstone. Her images have an eerie, ghost-like feeling. Her picture of the steering wheel and dashboard of an old truck creates the impression that the wreck is underwater. It is similar to pictures that we have seen from the wreck of the Titanic.

Elphinstone student Maya Kuling is showing a beautifully rendered portrait of artist Salvadore Dali. The painting is done in black and white with skilful modelling in shades of gray.

Hannah Jung has created a black and white ink drawing of a dragon that is a masterpiece of detail and pattern. Her level of craftsmanship is amazing, with intricate drawing in every scale of the beast.

The students from the Field Road program have exhibited their homage to Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter famous for his ethereal colour field canvases. Josh Dykstra's piece certainly captures all the vitality and vibrancy of colour possessed by Rothko. The students said that they learned a lot about primary, secondary and complimentary colours.

The show is rounded out with an excellent collection of ceramic sculpture through Lawren Jamieson's horse head bookends, and Payton Fraser's sugar skulls are noteworthy for their excellence.

This much anticipated art exhibit continues until this Sunday, June 9.


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