A school bus rolled up to the Art House first thing Friday morning and out tumbled 22 rambunctious students from Sheila Wilson’s class. On Sheila’s advice we only let seven students in at a time. Our apprehensions of the place being torn apart were totally misplaced. The real surprise was at how interested in the show these grade three students were.
Of course the first thing they wanted to see was their own artwork, and many of them let me take their photo beside their picture. But then they made sure they saw all the other pictures on the walls and there were some interesting comments as well as oohs and aahs when looking at the older students’ work.
Some of SAMSS students also dropped by – some to see their own art hung. They tended to be a little shy at having their picture taken, but were interested to see each other’s pictures. The quality of some of the work by the older students was impressive.
The Art House had been set up with partitions generously loaned from Acwsalcta, and additional Gyproc panels on which to show the work. Magically Liz Endicott and Nancy Anderson ‘hung’ and placed the 101 pieces of art in an attractive display. It was colourful and when all was finished it was hard to believe that our Valleys’ youth actually produced this art. Some of the entrants wanted to sell their work, and indeed several pieces did sell. We have some budding professional artists!
Thanks to all those who showed their artwork, the teachers at Acwsalcta, SAMSS, and BCE, and the 122 people who came to see the show. The Art House is operated by the Bella Coola Valley Arts Council, and we are grateful to School District 49 for the rent-free use of the House, and to the Williams Lake and District Credit Union which provided a much needed grant of $3000 which has allowed the continued operation of the Art House. Watch for the annual Visual Arts Show coming up from June 22 to July 1 at the Art House.