By Molly McLellan
assistant gallery curator
On Monday of the May long weekend I had the honour of assisting local high school art teacher Robyn Oliver in hanging our annual David Thompson Secondary school REACH art show. It was a great chance to learn about so many of our talented youth and all they have to offer this Valley. From mixed media, to pottery, to textiles, ink, watercolours, photographs, acrylic, and lino cut print works, these students show off their superb skills. Ones that are bound to catch your eye are “A Man You Cannot Describe in 1000 Words” by Marie Brauer, “Pink Ladies” by Abby Wagner, and of course our featured piece scene on the posters around town “Fire” by Maddy Wells.
Marie took her teacher’s advice that a picture could say a thousand words and decided on a subject for her portrait that meant far more than a thousand words to her: her father. While Abby’s piece catches your eye with the detail and colours she captures so vividly in her photographs. Ms. Oliver said of Maddy’s piece, “it’s not usual for students to capture something so current and important in our world, with their art,” and Maddy’s piece does just that. Tomorrow evening will be our Artist Party Soiree. With the return of bottomless popcorn with a five-dollar donation, and the Fresh Friday’s Youth Open Mic Night joining forces with us, it’s a night you won’t want to miss! So grab your friends, family, and neighbours and come down to Pynelogs for this incredible show ending June 15th.
Molly McLellan is the Assistant Gallery Curator at the Pynelogs Art Gallery.