By Nikki Fredrikson
For Sydney Demmon, a Grade 10 student at David Thompson Secondary School, finding out that her art piece was chosen as the poster piece for the REACH Art Show came as a surprise.
I went to get my report card and our art teacher had set my report card aside… and it had art show written across the front of it. She told me that (my painting) was picked for the poster and I was just shocked because I never thought that I would have been picked, said Sydney.
Sydneys painting is a first for her, having never created a scenery piece before. She got to experiment in creating it the painting was done with all water colours, with a focus on purples and blues, and is her favourite project that she has created because she was permitted to choose whatever medium she wanted and take her time with it.
For the main part of it, I went off a photo of just a night sky. The purples and blues arent in the night sky, obviously, so it was kinda just a mixture of going for something (in my mind) and (the) picture, Sydney explained.
The poster that Sydneys art is featured on is for the REACH Art Show, being exhibited May 31st to June 12th at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Art Gallery. DTSS art students from Grades 8 to 12 participate in the show each year and students are given the opportunity to submit a piece of their art for the Art Award for the poster design.
Students are also given the opportunity to donate their art (to be framed by Kimberley Rae Photography & Framing) for the Silent Auction component of the event.
The REACH Art Show showcases all the unique creations by the students and the Pynelogs Art Gallery is filled with the pieces created by these young artists. Art is part of the schools curriculum and this show is an opportunity for the community to come out and see what these emerging artists have created.
There will be a special art party on Wednesday, June 1st starting at 6 p.m. when the public can view the art, bid on silent auction items and listen to live performances by DTSS students Mackenzie Dubois and Jocelyn Taylor.
Pynelogs thanks all the sponsors involved in the REACH Art Show including Panorama Mountain Resort, Kimberley Rae Framing & Photography, School District #6 and the Columbia Valley Arts Council, as well as the art students from DTSS and art teacher Maegan Stanbury.