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Feb 03
Surrey student artwork on exhibit in two upcoming shows

Lorie Balthes, Grade 9_Shoebill Stork_India Ink_SHS.jpgArtwork created by secondary and elementary students in Surrey and White Rock is destined for shows that begin this month.

The Secondary Visual Art Exhibition opens at the Surrey Museum Feb. 4 and continues until Feb. 18. A reception is scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6:30-8 at the museum, located at 17710 56A Ave. in Cloverdale.

Approximately 50 pieces of art are on display from 10 participating secondary schools.

One of those is by Lorie Balthes, a Grade 9 student at Sullivan Heights Secondary, who submitted an India ink work featuring a shoebill stork (pictured at right). Teacher Marc Pelech says the piece began with a "treasure hunt" of for 18 natural and/or human-made objects (i.e. feather, sponge, Lego, penny, button, steel wool, and strainer mesh), dipping the objects into India ink, and using stamping, dry rubbing, and layering techniques.

"I discovered that I could produce a realistic drawing using 'unorthodox' objects, instead of more conventional tools like a pencil, calligraphy pen, or paintbrush," says Balthes about her work.

Claire Bradley Gr4 Laronde.jpgArt by Surrey Elementary School Students opens at the Surrey Art Gallery on Feb. 8 and runs until May 10.

Fifty pieces of art by students in Grades 1-7 will be on display.

Among the student art featured is a colourful watercolour pencil piece by Claire Bradley called Une ville d'aquarelle (at left) that was inspired by artist Robin Mead.

"I want people to notice that the waves have the reflection of a city but it is really a quiet city," Bradley, a Grade 4 student at École Laronde Elementary, says in her artist statement.

The elementary show has been hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery since 1983, showcasing the value of art education and the Surrey School District's art education programs. The gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave.

Check here for more information about arts education in Surrey Schools!


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