The summer has passed faster than imagined, and here we are, post-Labour Day, starting a new school year filled with hope and opportunity.
At Artists for Kids, we're delighted to welcome all the young artists back to class. We're looking forward to offering more great After School Art Programs starting in October. From drawing and painting, to ceramics and jewellery making, our after school classes are always filled with creativity and fun. Online registration for these eight-week classes will open soon.
We're also pleased to announce the opening of our exhibition Lighthearted in honour of Terry Lightheart, who passed away in September 2016. Terry was a businessperson, collector and artist whose passion for art was practiced through painting. In his estate he left a portion of his collection to Artists for Kids. To celebrate his love of art and Terry's belief that art should be enjoyed by as many people as possible, we are proud to present a two-week exhibition in his name. Lighthearted runs from Saturday, September 9 – September 23, 2017. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 2-4 p.m., sponsored by Darby's Public House. A small portion of the collection will be available for sale, including works by Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith. Funds raised will go towards AFK Bursaries in Terry's name.
Throughout the year, we are proud to be offering a hands-on experience to students in our Windows to Canadian Art gallery program. In conjunction with our upcoming teaching exhibition Memory•History•Story, we are proud to welcome master carver Darren Yelton, who goes by his Aboriginal name K'na'kweltn~ as he crafts a four-and-a-half-tonne tree. In time, the 350-year-old log will be a kyactn, or welcome pole. Throughout the year, students in our Gallery program will be able to participate by picking up the chisel and making a mark in the totem, to experience first-hand the carving experience. We will host a pole-raising ceremony on National Aboriginal Day in June 2018.
There will be many other events and activities throughout the fall, so please check regularly for updates. Until then, welcome back.