Our family was feeling a little cosmopolitan one night last week. We were hanging out at the Burnaby Art Gallery - invited to an opening reception - none the less! All because a member of our clan had a piece of her art on display for a special exhibit!
Arts Alive 2011 filled the main gallery with artwork by elementary students from across the Burnaby School District. This year, the students took their inspiration from prints and drawings of animals by BC printmaker Alistair Bell. After spending time studying and enjoying his work, Ellie's class took part and each student created sketches, then sculptures. They were fired and painted with great care. Then two student's creations were chosen to represent the grade 2/3 class at the exhibit. Low and behold - Ellie's turtle was one of them!
Students and their family members were invited to the opening reception of the exhibit at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The Gallery is a stunning building - the Ceperley Mansion - located in Deer Lake Park. It was a great night to appreciate amazing art and to celebrate Ellie's creativity.
After looking at many paintings and drawings, we spotted the display case for sculpture. There we found Ellie's piece, The Happy Turtle, in all his splendour!
After looking at the sculptures, we continued through the main gallery enjoying the different styles and mediums on display. There are some amazing young artists in Burnaby!
We ended the evening by going into the reception room for some shmoozing and nibbling. They even had a candy bar set up for the kids. It was a great way to make the young artists feel important and like their artistic contributions have value. The art gallery obviously takes investing in the next generation of local artists seriously!