Student exhibition extended

Local secondary school art students are showcasing their talents at the annual Vernon school district exhibition at Gallery Vertigo.

  • Jan. 30, 2013 12:00 p.m.
W.L. Seaton Secondary art teacher Simon Challen helps install the Vernon school district student exhibition

W.L. Seaton Secondary art teacher Simon Challen helps install the Vernon school district student exhibition

The Vernon school district’s art exhibition at Gallery Vertigo, has been held over due to popular demand.

More than 100 pieces created by secondary students will now be on display until Feb. 15.

“We had more people at the opening than I’ve ever seen,” said gallery artist Howard Brown.

Students from Fulton, VSS, Seaton, Kalamalka and Charles Bloom secondary schools have used a variety of media, including photography, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, pencil crayon and collage, to explore the human face.

“This year’s theme, The Portrait, represents studio work started in September 2012,” said Randy Kaneda, Vernon Secondary School art instructor and one of the organizers of the exhibition. “The collaboration for the yearly district #22 Vertigo show is a major highlight for all stakeholders. Students, teachers, parents and community work together to create a vibrant and youthful glimpse at our young artists.”

Although the unifying theme of the exhibition is portraiture (a depiction of the visual appearance of a person), there is no shortage of diversity in this exhibition.

“The artist may choose many methods and materials to render features. Expressionism, symbolism and abstraction are a few of many techniques that may be utilized to create a unique perspective,” said Kaneda.

There is no charge to attend the show, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., however, donations to support the work of the gallery and its programs are always welcome.

Gallery Vertigo is located at #1-3001 31st St. downtown Vernon.