Teen artists get community exposure

Brandon Walsh used a video game as the inspiration for a piece called Skyrim, now on display in the Frances Kelsey Secondary School art show at Vines to Wines in the Mill Bay Centre. - Celina Albany
Brandon Walsh used a video game as the inspiration for a piece called Skyrim, now on display in the Frances Kelsey Secondary School art show at Vines to Wines in the Mill Bay Centre.
— image credit: Celina Albany

Genuine, sensational and admirable.

Those are three essential words when describing the convocation of art work contrived by Frances Kesley students participating in the 2012 annual art show.

FKSS visual arts instructors, Maxine Smith and Mark Jackson, both said they’re pleased with number of students participating this year and are proud of the teenagers’ collective accomplishments.

“I love being a part of this. I like that we’re able to display our work to our hometown, and show my personal artistic style,” said Grade 11 student, Jessica MacLean.

Reminiscent of Maurits Cornelis Escher’s Relativity lithograph print, MacLean said her peripheral artwork represents her interest in architecture.

Following high school graduation, MacLean plans on studying for two years at the University of Victoria then Dalhousie in Nova Scotia to get her masters in architecture.

MacLean has three other pieces of art on display.

“They’re part of a series about cultural diversity...I plan on continuing with the theme after the art show is over.”

The art show is free and runs until April 20 upstairs at Vines to Wines, located in Mill Bay Centre.

It is the 17th year the art show has taken place, according to Jackson, who has been a part of the project since its pilot year in 1995.

“Every year we like to showcase students in the community, it’s a good opportunity to share what they’ve done with everyone and be proud of their work,” said Jackson.

“They work in different media with a wide variety of techniques.”

The artists found inspiration from video games to historical figures to contemporary abstractions.

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Walsh’s dynamic collision of force and fiery was galvanized by an action video game entitled Skyrim.

The Grade 11 student’s other piece of artwork is a painting he decidedly made for his sister — a rain forest. The foreground bares a tree embodying a subtle yet striking differentiation: a heart with the initials “S+S” in the centre.

“My sister is engaged. It means Sinead and Steven,” said Walsh. The painting took two to three weeks to paint.

Walsh decided to join the art show because Jackson saw his work and wanted him to participate.

“It’s important to get these students out here displaying their talents,” said Jackson.

“There are a lot of really great artists at Kelsey. I love the art program here,” said Grade 12 student Emily Collis who wants to be a writer, or stay in visual arts.

“Anything artsy,” she said.

To put it simply, “I like everything,” said Grade 12 student, Eva Rhone, who added her favourite painting is Starry Night by Van Gogh.

Rhone submitted three pieces, and used different mediums for each one.

Her plans for post-graduation include attending Camosun College to study visual arts then transfer to Emily Carr.

It’s great to have all these young and talented students showing what they’re capable of doing purely out of their own creativity, according to Smith.

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