Gallery show­cas­ing high school stu­dents’ tal­ents

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOLLAND LI­BRARY LINE — Su­san Holland is the Cu­ra­tor of the John M. Par­rott Art Gallery

The John M. Par­rott Art Gallery is thrilled to present the an­nual High School Stu­dents Show from April 6-26. This year is the 29th an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion and it prom­ises to be an­other out­stand­ing show­case of lo­cal youth tal­ent and a tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­ca­tion and ex­per­tise of the art teach­ers in the Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Dis­trict School Board.

All eight schools can sub­mit up to eight works by stu­dents in all grades and in all medi­ums, which pro­vides a very di­verse ex­hibit.

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion is ti­tled “Re­al­ity” and we should note that both images cho­sen for pub­lic­ity were cre­ated by vis­it­ing In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents. How ex­cit­ing for them and for their fam­i­lies at home. This theme is sure to in­spire many in­ter­est­ing imag­in­ings about how the stu­dents per­ceive their re­al­ity and how they will ren­der these thoughts into art pieces.

An in­ter­est­ing side note is that there have been stu­dents from these shows over the past three decades who have shown work here and at other es­tab­lished gal­leries as ac­com­plished adult artists. I find that very ex­cit­ing. Meet these fu­ture stars and their men­tor/teach­ers at an open­ing re­cep­tion on Thurs­day, April 6 from 6 p.n. -7:30 p.m.

Please join us for our gallery pro­grams re­turn­ing in April. The Doo­dle Group meets on the third Fri­day of each month at 10 a.m. to share ideas and de­signs and would wel­come new­com­ers on April 21. Rick Pen­ner’s Mu­si­cal Gifts has shifted to this date as well to ac­com­mo­date the Easter Good Fri­day Hol­i­day. On Thurs­day, April 20 you can prac­tice your life draw­ing skills with a draped model in The Draw­ing Room at 2 p.m.

Have you dis­cov­ered the Par­rott Gallery Shop yet? An en­tire cor­ri­dor awaits of fine craft by re­gional ar­ti­sans to daz­zle and tempt you. We have exquisitely hand-made jew­ellery, glass, turned wood, fi­bre, clay, gift cards and more. All of the items in the shop are avail­able for sale, so please con­sider tak­ing an item or two home in sup­port of the artists, hand­craft and buy­ing lo­cally!

And of course, we will be show­ing a se­lec­tion of oil paint­ings by Manly Mac­Don­ald from our Par­rott Foun­da­tion Col­lec­tion in Gallery Three. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing you. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about shows and pro­grams, please visit www.bellevil­leli­brary. ca or call 613-968-6731 ext. 2240. (The Gallery is closed Sun­day and Mon­day)

INTELLIGENCER FILE PHOTO

The Belleville Pub­lic Li­brary and Par­rott Gallery are the places to be.

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