Youth art on display


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April 9, 2015 8:15 AM

File Photo Last year's Lloydminster Youth Art Show attracted 150 entries from artists age three to 18.

On April 28, the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC) will begin accepting submissions for the second annual Lloydminster Youth Art Show.

The show is an opportunity for young people in the community to display their art in a public forum and discuss their creations with interested onlookers. Last year the LCSC community gallery had about 150 works of art on display by youths ages three to 18, and this year organizers expect even more art.

“Last year, it started as a small idea and then ballooned into a very cool show. We had a lot of support from local schools,” LCSC education programmer Kyra Stefanuk said. “Our gallery space was so full, so we’re moving it into the travelling gallery, which is a larger space for us.”

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Artists are limited to two entries each, with a maximum size of 48 centimetres. Past submissions included paintings, drawings, mixed media, ink prints, collages, sculptures and pottery.

Stefanuk says the LCSC Youth Art Show is the main public art exhibit for young people in the city and that showcasing youth art in public is important because it encourages the younger generations to pursue artistic skills and ideas and explore new forms of creative expression. Stefanuk says youth art is special because young people “haven’t put a cap or a limit on their ideas yet.”

“They still have their imagination and as we grow older, somehow real life gets in the way and we don’t really imagine as much,” she said. “It’s just so neat to see what they come up with and I think when people come into the (LCSC) they really appreciate being able to see bright colours and vivid stuff and something that is a little bit different from what you normally see.”

Stefanuk says some of the young artists have taken classes at the LCSC, so for them to show off their work in that space brings the process to a “full circle.” The show closes on May 28 with LCSC’s artist appreciation evening. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. visitors will be able to enjoy snacks and talk with the artists about their work.

“One of the kids who submitted something last year, she was five years old, and it was the most random picture but to have her explain it was really cool,” Stefanuk said “She saw a cowboy and a spider and a horse, and to us it wasn’t exactly that, but she was just excited to share her idea with us.”

Submissions close on May 2. To contribute to the exhibition, one must drop off one’s artwork at the LCSC during business hours. They will then be required to fill out a card with their contact information, the media used in the work and a title for their creation. After the exhibit is closed the art can be collected by the owner.

“(The purpose of the show) is just to inspire and celebrate youth because there are so many creative youths in Lloydminster,” Stefanuk said.

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