Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

June 20, 2012 13:08 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Edmonton Students Show Off Art to Visitors, Residents

Artwork is part of The Works Art and Design Festival

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2012) - Join students as their artwork is unveiled at the Shaw Conference Centre's pARTnership gallery, which is the 18th stop in The Works Art and Design Festival's downtown Edmonton tour.

Date and time: Monday, June 25 - 5 pm
Location: Shaw Conference Centre Hall D lobby (pedway level)
Address: 9797 Jasper Avenue

A joint initiative with Edmonton Public Schools, the gallery contains art curated by school board experts and reinforces the centre's commitment to bring art to public spaces, seen by half-a-million guests annually in a high-traffic corridor. Over 1,100 pieces of student art were submitted by 35 schools. A committee of teachers with art experience judged the submissions and selected approximately 243 pieces of artwork for all community and partnership exhibitions in Edmonton. Twenty-seven pieces from K-12 students are in the pARTnership gallery.

"This community partnership highlights talented students who are the future of Edmonton's creative economy," says Cliff Higuchi, vice-president and general manager of the Shaw Conference Centre. "A downtown convention centre is the ideal year-round focal point for the community to engage in the development of arts and culture."

Selected students' stories:

Christopher Stoffelen, Grade 3, Afton School

Using tempera paint and black pastels, Christopher's painting depicts hoar frost on a gloomy winter day. "It feels amazing to have my work displayed," he says. He looks to his teacher, Jean Sadoway, for inspiration.

Jacob Sahunta, Grade 9, T.D. Baker School

Jacob counts Picasso as his inspiration. "For as long as I can remember, I've expressed myself through art." He liked the abstract effect he gave his landscape painting, which uses watercolour and oil pastels.

Jessica Mejia, Grade 12, M.E. LaZerte School

Jessica's artwork represents her concept of outer and inner beauty. "Art is my home, a place I can express myself freely without rules and regulations. It's a place I can escape to," she says. Jessica cites European Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens and her teacher Brenda Savella as her inspirations.

Note: School board and centre officials and selected students will be available for interviews. The art can also be viewed at http://www.epsb.ca/artwork/index.shtml.

Managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Shaw Conference Centre is one of Canada's premier meeting, entertainment, and convention venues, and encourages socially and environmentally responsible event-planning. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com.

Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca.

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