One of Six a tough choice for young artists “I’m really excited,” Lotz said. “It’s not very common that high school students just get their work put into a gallery.” “I’m nervous for that, but it’s
After spending countless hours creating six gallery-ready pieces, it was difficult for some Stratford high school art students to choose which ones to display publicly.
Several factors came into play – themes, presentation, and classmates’ opinions – before reaching a final decision. In the end, Lily Lotz opted for a three-part piece inspired by the patterns inside geodes.
“I think it did the best job of representing my theme,” said the 17-year-old Stratford resident, whose theme was colours and patterns in nature.
Lotz’s selection will appear to be floating without a frame when it and 23 other creations are unveiled next Friday at Gallery Stratford. The exhibit is called One of Six, representing the choice the 24 Stratford Central students had to make. Abigail MacPherson, 17, chose a tapestry with embroidered flowers symbolizing emotions such as hope, peace and creativity.
The selection process was difficult, she noted.
“I was really excited about all of them in different ways,” she said. “But that was the one I was most happy with and put the most effort into.”
Leah MacAlpine, 18, narrowed her options down to two and ultimately chose an acrylic-painted mirror representing modern-day oppression.
“I really like how it turned out,” she said.
The exhibit, on display at the free-admission gallery until Feb. 3, doubles as the students’ final project.
“It’s a nice way for them to finish off art at high school,” said teacher Susan Zorgdrager.
This is the third straight year they’ve partnered with the Romeo Street facility.
“It’s been a true collaboration,” Zorgdrager said. “They bring certain skills to the project that we don’t have.”
A two-hour reception will be held starting at 7 p.m. Friday featuring Stratford Star Emma Rouse. There’s a mixture of emotions leading up to next week’s debut. exciting,” MacPherson said. “Everyone I’m telling about it is so impressed that’s an opportunity we have.” [email protected]media.com
Leah MacAlpine displays her final selection at Central on Friday.