Nightmares, parties, studying, thoughts, electronics, travel: all things that keep you up at night. Mount Baker students listed about 30 different reasons why we might stay up all night in preparation for our art exhibition. Then we got to work converting these into expressions of ideas, thoughts, concerns and celebrations about why we stay up all night.
Each year Mrs. Wilkinson, the Mount Baker art teacher, pours her energy into putting on an art exhibit to showcase the talent and hard work of her students. Mrs. Wilkinson is great at discovering and encouraging individual talent. For example, if she knows students are interested in music, she encourages them to perform on opening night. When I expressed interest in graphic design, she gave me the opportunity to design the poster for the show. Since it was one of my first big design projects, I was nervous about it. On opening night I was scared that I had put the wrong address on the poster and no one would show up. I had a good laugh and a feeling of relief when I arrived at the Cranbrook & District Arts Council gallery and confirmed the address. On opening night the place was buzzing with people from the community who were excited to see the student artwork. The mood of the show was enhanced by means of the live music and other performance art from students. If you walk into the Cranbrook & District Arts Council at 1301 Baker Street (let’s hope I got the address right this time!) you will find many different forms of student expression including assemblages, pottery, coffee art, paintings, drawings and more. The show is up until February 5, 2016.
Back Alley Youth Art Show Sioban Staplin, who volunteers for the Cranbrook & District Arts Council (CDAC), mentioned that when kids leave high school they don’t get many opportunities to display their work. That is why the arts council is hosting the first ever Back Alley Youth Art Show. This will give young people in Cranbrook a chance to organize their own art show, with backing from the CDAC and funding from other local businesses. “We want the youth to be heavily involved in the marketing, promoting, budgeting and every aspect,” said Staplin. “We would like to have business mentors to guide them.” The show is open for youth aged 15-25, so even artists who have moved on from high school will have the opportunity to show their work. For more information head down to the CDAC or email [email protected]