As 2016 winds down, we look back on the wealth of activities, events, programs and art that defined the past 12 months.
The year began with an exhibition of the work long-time friend of Artists for Kids, Judson Beaumont , entitled Serious Fun, in the Process Gallery of the Smith Gallery.
In February, two groups of students in grade 3 spent three full days with artist Christina Norberg and master art teachers Kory Bogen and Madelyn Hambly, learning to develop sculpture and three-dimensional shapes.
In March, we released our latest print from renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. Entitled Loons Feeding, this lithograph on arches 88 paper, created in 1994, is an edition of 50 and is signed by the artist. It is one of the last editions of her work available.
We also ran two Architecture enrichment programs, working with local architects. The photography program focused on environmental and nature photography. Working with professional photographer Jess Findlay, the students spent three days in locations such as Lighthouse Park and Cypress Falls. The theme for their work was "Near and Far", and they experimented with depth of field and perspective.
In early April, the Smith Gallery was filled with those who love the work of one of our most dedicated artist patrons, Ross Penhall, for the launch of his book Vancouver.
The thriving Art Academy mounted its year-end exhibition in June, celebrating the end of the 2015/2016 academic year.
For the 23rd year, our Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts was filled with young artists, learning from artists-in-residence Damian Moppett and Lori Goldberg.
On the weekend of September 30, we hosted Culture Days. Over three days, visitors viewed our new teaching exhibition [ab-strak-shuh n] the art and the act, and participated in a wealth of family-friendly programming. As the exhibition is about the act of creating art, as well as the finished work, the show appropriately opened with a performance of art making by George Rammell. From the lobby of the Smith Gallery, guests enjoyed a glass of wine while outside artist George Rammell shot arrows at wine glasses filled with paint, to create a distinct work of abstract art.
We've received great support for innovative programming through corporate sponsors, foundations and other non-profits. The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation supported our teacher education program. Their contribution allowed us to provide training to more than a dozen professionals involved with our Windows to Canadian Art Teaching Team Retreat at Cheakamus Centre, in Brackendale, BC. It was a rare opportunity to bring together educators to discuss best practices and share insights into expanding the visual arts curriculum in the elementary school grades.
Thanks to the generosity of The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society, AFK is developing and offering 3-day workshops, three times a year, for the coming two years. These Mentoring Emerging Young Artists programs allow two selected, talented students from each of the North Shore Secondary Schools to work with Fine Arts teachers and local artists. Over two years, this funding will provide artist-led instruction to more than 140 students.
As we look to 2017, we are so grateful of the support we've received, and have new sponsors becoming part of the AFK family, ensuring art education remains a vital part of every child's educational experience.
Our offices and the Smith Gallery will be closed from Monday, December 19, 2016 through Tuesday, January 2, 2017. Our offices reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. From our families to yours, we wish you all a happy and creative holiday season.