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Artists leave lasting impression at school


What: Monterey Art Gala Where: Monterey Middle School Gymnasium, 851 Monterey Ave. When: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday Tickets: $10 per person or $15/couple. Call 598-4589

Monterey students have had a colourful and rich artistic experience this term thanks to the efforts of a team of artists who have introduced them to everything from pottery to permanent acrylic installati­ons.

“We have enjoyed another very exciting Artists at Monterey year — it is always such a great opportunit­y for students to learn from the artists’ passion and expertise,” said Barbara Adams, the teacher who co-ordinates the program.

One of the biggest projects this year has been a 12-tower maquette inspired by sculptor Illarion Gallant. “It will be built into concrete sections to be installed in the school’s inner courtyard and the finished product has niches which will allow student projects to be displayed. It will also act as the centre of an outdoor stage for student improv,” she said, adding other classes are doing horticultu­ral projects with Twyla Rusnick in the same area.

Annemarie Cabri and live musicians have opened the children up to dance and creative body movement, Kathy Guthrie has taught calligraph­y, printmaker Joanne Hope-Smith did embossed printing and Robert Amos has shown youngsters how to paint self-portraits with acrylics.

Potter Tobias Tomlinson helped students explore a pottery wheel, Nancy Slaght worked with the sketch club to renew the acrylic painted permanent installati­on panels at the front of the school, and Manon Elder worked on a permanent installati­on of large panels for the outside of the school.

Ted Harrison was back sharing his breadth of painting experience, and Grant Leier is gearing up to develop a metal vignette installati­on designed by students, which will be attached to the school’s perimeter fence.

“All the concepts and designs have been student-driven,” stressed Adams, who added the sculpture tower will also be a time capsule filled with student memorabili­a from Monterey and its feeder schools. “When it’s complete, it will be craned in over the new part of the school into the courtyard. We are hoping to be finished by the gala, but it’s getting tight.”

A fundraisin­g gala, called An Enchanted Evening Collage, is being held tomorrow to pay for the artists, supplies and related program costs. The event includes jazz music, martinis, wine, beer, savories, sweets and will be a chance to enjoy all the school art, as well as live and silent auctions.

 ??  ?? Penny Young, right, and Lydia Young work on a mural for the Monterey Art Gala tomorrow evening.
Penny Young, right, and Lydia Young work on a mural for the Monterey Art Gala tomorrow evening.

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