The end of the school year is always a busy time for us, however this month has been particularly active.
Studio Art Academy Show
Through June 27, 2018, the lobby and the mezzanine of the Gordon Smith Gallery welcomes the works of our next generation of artists.
Select pieces from students in the Studio Art Academy Program are on display. Through the Academy Program at Carson Graham Secondary School, senior secondary students develop their skills, broadening their options and encouraging their success in post-secondary art studies.
We invite you to take in this collection of painting, drawing and sculpture that reflect the students' remarkable range of perspectives, skills and talents.
On Friday, June 15, we are proud to celebrate the completion of the welcome pole to the front of the North Vancouver Learning Services building. The Welcome Pole, or kayachtn was carved by master carver K'na'kweltn˜ Darren Yelton in conjunction with our most recent teaching exhibition Memory • History • Story. The carving took place during the visit of school groups, allowing young people to witness and sometimes experience carving and ask questions. This welcome pole will stand as a permanent reminder of the stories of our Indigenous People and the strong relationship of The North Vancouver School District with the Squamis and Tsleil Waututh Nations.
One of our teachers in the news
One of our AFK teachers, Meghan Parker has recently been in the news for her creative approach to delivering her Masters Thesis. Meghan graduates this month with a master of arts degree from Simon Fraser University after successfully defending her thesis, in the form of a 236-page graphic novel about art and teaching. Her story captured the interest of the CBC.
"Meghan's innovative approach to her thesis is a demonstration of why art is a vital part of any education," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "Being able to address challenges and embrace problem-solving with innovation and creativity is vital in all walks of life. Meghan's wonderful thesis is a document of the creative process. We are so proud to include her in the family of Artists for Kids."
Summer exhibit opening reception
Join us on Saturday, June 23 from 2 – 5 p.m for the opening reception of the summer exhibition, 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, and the book launch. Several of the artists as well as curator, Dr. Kimberley Phillips will lead an informal walkthrough of the exhibition and discuss both its works and thematic concerns. The exhibition runs through September 1, 2018.