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Art-based activities abound for kids on the North Shore

May 17, 2017

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Summertime on the North Shore is filled with events to keep kids engaged and inspired, and some of the most memory-making activities involve art.

“First, there’s our summer camps in July,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. “We offer our Summer Visual Art Camp for children aged 8 – 12 and the Summer Visual Arts Intensive for students aged 13 – 18. Both are held in beautiful Paradise Valley, near Brackendale. We also hold summer day camps adjacent to the Gordon Smith Gallery at 2121 Lonsdale.”

The summer exhibition at the Gordon Smith Gallery is titled Art School High running from May 13 to August 26, 2017. “It’s a unique opportunity to explore visual responses by important artists to the depths and quirks of the grade 9 to grade 12 years,” Yolande says. Curated by Dr. Patrik Andersson, participating artists include Karin Bubas, John Collins, Rodney Graham, Scott Livingstone, Ken Lum, Kyla Mallet, Jean MacRae, Shannon Oksanen, Kathy Slade, Ron Terada, Neil Wedman and David Wisdom — all artists who have made significant work that reflect on the high school experience. “The works in the exhibition will probe the very nature of learning in diverse environments,” she says.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gordon Smith Gallery is hosting a Film Festival that will celebrate some great high school-inspired movies:

·       Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

·       Clueless

·       The Breakfast Club

·       Dazed and Confused

·       To Sir with Love

·       Fast Times at Ridgemount High

The Film Festival will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Gordon Smith Gallery, surrounded by art that reflects the high school experience.

On Saturday afternoons, young artists will have an opportunity to participate in Art Workshops inspired by the exhibition.

For more information on Artists for Kids Summer Camps and the Art School High exhibition and Film Festival, call 604.903.3798, check out the websiteemail, or visit the gallery at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. The Gordon Smith Gallery can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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