High school art exhibit opening Friday night in Corner Brook

Gary Kean gkean@thewesternstar.com
Published on May 1, 2014
Corner Brook Regional High students, from left,  Juliette Onalik, Emily Critch and Kelsey Street, along with art teacher Glen Simms, take a look at some of the more than 60 pieces featured in their exhibit at Picture it in a Frame. The exhibit opens Friday night and will run until May 23.
Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Emily Critch says there are photos of herself doodling on some paper from way back when she was in a high chair.

That may be a common childhood memory for most, but Friday night Critch’s family and friends will get to see just how far along that early interest in honing creativity has developed.

The Level 3 student at Corner Brook Regional High School is among the several dozen art class students from the school who will have their works displayed in the third annual student art show.

The exhibition, which opens at Picture it in a Frame in the Valley Mall at 7 p.m. Friday, will be shown at the store until May 23. It will showcase more than 60 works from students in Level 1, 2 and 3 at Corner Brook Regional High School.

“Art has literally always been part of my life,” she said on the eve of the opening reception.

Critch said art is a sort of therapeutic outlet for her more than it is a medium to convey any particular message or theme.

“It’s not so much about what I’d like to say as it is what inspires me,” she said. “The things that inspire me are the world around me, things I see when I am walking down the road and notice something interesting. It could be anything.”

Kelsey Street, also a budding artist in Level 3, said she has always had a lifelong interest in art too and, like Critch, draws her inspiration from anywhere she can. The art classes she has taken since junior high school have helped her try to express herself more succinctly with every piece she does.

“I like doing art because it’s an expression for me,” she said. “It’s a way to say things using materials instead of words. It calms me down if I am anxious and it’s something I like doing when I’m alone.”

Both young women are planning for careers in the visual arts. Critch will begin studying in the visual arts program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in the coming fall. Street plans to take a year off to build her portfolio with the hope of getting into the animation program at Sheridan College in Toronto next year.

They are both looking forward to the opportunity to have a tidbit of their work available for public viewing for the coming three weeks.

“I think it’s great that things like this can happen for us so we can get our work out there and we can put our names underneath our projects,” said Street.

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