Be You-Be Creative Show

Nanaimo Art GalleryThe folks at the Nanaimo Art Gallery have sent me a review by Nanaimo artist Rod Corraini of the second annual Be You-Be Creative teen arts competition put on by the Vancouver Island Arts Festival Society. The show will be at the gallery's downtown Nanaimo branch (tel. 1-250/754-1750), 150 Commercial Street, from May 7th to May 12th. It's open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is free. Here's Rod's introduction:

All entries exhibited in this competition are superbly rendered and they seem to represent the cream of young Vancouver Island Secondary School artists. What really struck me as well was the great variety of mediums used by all the participants.

The first prize went to Paul Macintyr for his guitar player. He has paid great attention to detail and also has included abstract elements of pattern. He also takes doodling to a new level with this piece.

Kira Desorcy has second place with her Girl and Kitten. She was able to achieve an amazing likeness of the softness of the subject matter with her skillful use of pastel.

Earin Kim took third place with his dry point Duck which was an example of that medium at its finest for an artist so young. It is rare to find dry point taught in schools because presses are expensive.

Pamela Williams received an honourable mention for her illustrations; advanced rendering of composition as well as the seeming joi de vivre of her whimsical works.

Jiya Kim's free form style compositions and brave use of colour in a gouache "flower garden" piece also earned an honourable mention.

A third honourable mention went to Riley Nicholson for his clay full-body sculptural piece. He also has on display a sculpted robot head; a photograph of a Model A Ford; and an ingenious drawing a steam powered android. All observations of technology old and future.

Also notable was Shay Lockridge's highly detailed portrait of an Asian woman. Siobhan Powloski's uniquely foreshortened portrait of a chimpanzee was also achieved with great skill. Allison McCabe's textured print put a new spin on a form of Japanese styled animation. Casey Smith's prints of fish were refreshingly abstract. Megan Heenan's rendition of a sculpted south East Asian head bore a good indication of what the head was originally made of. Jennifer Smythe's two works were powerfully existential and she had clearly indicated to the viewer that she had known her place in this world. Julien Milett's flowing composition of "sea turtles" had demonstrated both pictorial skill and knowledge of history. Catering Lee's intelligent use of colour has a good sense of rhythm to match the musical instrument subject matter in her work.

All of these works prove that it is worthwhile to invest in our youth arts and to not cut the programs. A development of these skills and imagination has great value in our society. It will be interesting to see what they will be doing in ten years time.

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