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]­


Leah MacAlpine dis­plays her fi­nal se­lec­tion at Cen­tral on Fri­day.

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