2011 Student Art Show

2011 Smart Start Student Art Show - 15th Anniversary Celebration

Sat, April 9 - Sat, April 16, 2011 at Sherway Gardens

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Arts Etobicoke's annual Student Art Show celebrated its 15th year as a high quality arts education and public exhibition opportunity for GTA high school students, running from April 9 to 16 at Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre. Over 100 students participated in this free, 8-day exhibition, which displayed drawings, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, sculpture and photography for the enjoyment of thousands of Sherway patrons.

New elements were introduced to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary, including a Learning Centre for students and the general public, scholarships for all participating schools, and a new Smart Start Symposium which featured 4 free arts education workshops for students and teachers:

* Give it A GO with the AGO Youth Council: Artists and AGO Youth Council members Larissa Saqueira, Pedram Sazesh, John Williamson and Hailen Xu spoke to Smart Start participants and described how they initiate programming by youth for youth.

* Tiny Collage & Symbol Making with Artists Nyle Johnston and Sue Cohen: Participants made their own wearable art piece using collected images from magazines and comic books.

* Artist Talk with Erika A. Iserhoff: Erika displayed her artwork which bridges and integrates her Cree Indigenous cultural knowledge. She discussed with students how they could mix heritage and culture with their own art.

* Critiques with professional artists Po Chun Lau, Nancy Newton & Jeremy Sale: Students were able to have one-on-one feedback sessions with these seasoned artists.

The Symposium took place on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 and included a reception with free healthy refreshments for all. Guests were invited to vote in the People’s Choice Awards, which featured 3 categories this year: Most Original, Strongest Design and Most Moving. Congratulations to winners Jane Dong, Alireza Saeedi and Alessandra Savoia.

Special thanks goes to Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre for their long-standing support of our show.

We also warmly thank Mercedes-Benz Financial Services who joined as a new partner for the Student Art Show, providing support for the enhancements to the show as well as the support of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services volunteer team.

The Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber has been supporting the Student Art Show since its very beginnings and we gratefully acknowledge their support of the new Smart Start Scholarships.

Over 35 volunteers participated this year, providing invaluable assistance in installing the exhibition, event coordination and much more. We were thrilled to welcome new volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services who joined other Arts Etobicoke volunteers as Smart Start Ambassadors – greeting the public and monitoring the new Learning Centre.

Thank you to Scotiabank and Woolfitt’s Arts Enterprises. And congratulations to all participating students and teachers.

Photographer, Jeremy Sale



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