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Library displays local students art in True Colours exhibit

By: Allison Chorney and Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:03 am

Members of George McDougall High School’s Georgie Girls entertained the crowd on hand at the Airdrie Public Library’s True Colours Exhibit on March 4.
Members of George McDougall High School’s Georgie Girls entertained the crowd on hand at the Airdrie Public Library’s True Colours Exhibit on March 4.
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Airdrie students’ artwork is being celebrated with a new exhibit called True Colours at the Airdrie Public Library (APL) from March 4 through to May 5.

The exhibit features work from students from Bert Church High School, George McDougall High School, St, Martin de Porres, Meadowbrook School and École Edwards Elementary School.

“This year we’ve got artwork from kids at every level,” said Veronica Funk, APL Art Program co-ordinator.

In previous years the exhibit, which has all new art each year, has featured pieces from only high school level students. Funk said the middle school and elementary school level students art is a great new addition.

Meadowbrook School has contributed paper mache sculptures and École Edwards Elementary School collaborated with George McDougall students to create storyboards.

The exhibit includes: drawings, paintings, sculptures, calligraphy and mixed media pieces.

“One student from Bert Church High School created a mixed-media piece with metals and plastics from recycled material,” Funk said.

Funk said True Colours celebrates young artists and gives them a public venue to display their work. She added she was lucky enough to find a venue to display some of her art when she was in art school, which resulted in the three pieces being purchased.

“I think it’s neat because not all of us are sports people or academics but we all have a skill,” Funk said of the encouraging environment APL provides for youth to share their art.

Bert Church High School students Cassandra Zucht and Megan Puchbauer were both on hand for the exhibit’s unveiling and both spoke with pride about having their work on display.

“It’s great for younger artists to get their work out there and for people to get a chance to see what we can do,” said Zucht, a grade 9 student at BCHS.

Puchbauer, a grade 10 student at BCHS echoed Zucht’s comments.

“It’s really nice as a young artist in Airdrie to be able to see the work of so many other young artists,” she said. “There’s such a variety of styles and mediums used, there’s a lot of talented people in Airdrie.”

The exhibit’s name True Colours is also a salute to encouragement as it refers to the three primary colours – red, blue and yellow – that can be mixed to make a multitude of different colours.

“With so little, you can accomplish so much,” Funk said.

The art pieces can be viewed at the library and includes 77 pieces hung on the walls.

“It’s just so nice to be able to support kids in what they do,” Funk said.

For more information on APL and their art exhibits, visit www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca


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