Art from the Heart poster winner Anna Thompson

This year marks the 12th annual Art From the Heart art show, with a theme of Canada: Our Perspective. For the show, five elementary schools will showcase their student’s creations over 700 pieces of artwork from students across the Columbia Valley will be on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Each year, one student’s art is chosen as the poster image for the show, the winner’s work selected from works submitted by all five schools. This year, Anna Thompson, a Grade 6 student at Windermere Elementary School, had her painting selected as the poster art.

I chose the picture from the Valley; I liked it because I wanted to try doing the trees, said Anna.

Everyone in Anna’s class got to pick what picture they wanted to paint, each starting with a red canvas and three paint colours. Anna chose to paint her picture using a paint brush, her fingers and acrylic paint to create her image. She discovered from her teacher that her painting was selected and she was excited to hear her art was chosen.

I was really excited because my mom paints a lot and she was excited, too, said Anna.

Once she told her mom about being the selected artist her mom congratulated her and said she wants to go see it at Pynelogs.

Anna’s artwork was one of 20 submitted for consideration for this years poster art, with each of the elementary schools sending in four pieces to be considered. The four pieces chosen to represent Windermere Elementary School in the poster art competition were selected because of the effort the students put into their creation.

Anna is one of 25 students at Windermere Elementary School who actively participates in Art Club during the recess lunch break. Every Wednesday during the break, students have the opportunity to do an art project, and Anna goes to Art Club every week.

At home, I paint with my mom and I do a lot of crafting, Anna explained.

The Art From the Heart show will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre from April 4th to 29th to showcase all 700 pieces. A sneak peak will take place March 25th to April 1st at Copper Point Resort where the public can see the framed 20 pieces considered for the poster art. The sneak peak showing will also allow for the community to participate in an auction of the 20 framed pieces. The official artist opening is set for Saturday, April 8th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Pynelogs.