Teenage Artists Showcased in Annual Exhibition at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts

A recent exhibition at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts showcased the talent and creativity of Grade 12 students from School District 43 (SD43). The Emerging Talent 26 exhibition featured a variety of artworks, including paintings, drawings, and digital enhancements. Judges selected pieces from 26 students representing Centennial, Dr. Charles Best, Gleneagle, Port Moody, Riverside, and Terry Fox secondaries.

The exhibition provided a platform for these young artists to express themselves and share their perspectives with the public. Speaking about their artworks, the students revealed their inspirations and aspirations for the future. Fangxu “Sunny” Gong, a student from Gleneagle Secondary, submitted an oil painting titled “Sunrise at the Port” and a detailed ballpoint pen drawing called “Sunny and Newton in the Math Room.” Gong, who plans to study engineering, expressed his surprise and pride in having his art chosen for the show.

Another artist, Rainna Baverstock from Gleneagle, showcased a triptych of ravens titled “Propitious,” “Adroit,” and “Baleful.” Baverstock explained her fascination with ravens and her connection to these birds during her trips to the mountains. She used a scratchboard technique to capture the intricate details of her subjects, spending about 15 hours on each piece. Baverstock acknowledged the pressure of exhibiting her work in a public space and emphasized the importance of creating art for others to appreciate.

Victoria Mundell, also from Gleneagle, shared her multimedia artwork titled “Truest Love,” inspired by content creator Maddie Dragsbaek. Mundell incorporated Dragsbaek’s quote, “The Love I Desire Exists Because I Exist,” to convey a message of self-love and body positivity. She used colored pencils and photocopied paper to create a collage-style piece, highlighting her personal struggles and growth during high school.

Eugene Lee from Port Moody Secondary revealed two contrasting artworks: “Veiled Fervour” and “Couch Potato.” Through her watercolor self-portrait, Lee aimed to express her passionate and sometimes angry side, challenging the perception of her introverted nature. In “Couch Potato,” a colored pencil drawing, Lee depicted her fear of remaining in one’s comfort zone for too long. She plans to continue her artistic journey by studying graphic design for marketing after graduation.

Joey Ye, a student from Port Moody Secondary, showcased three different artworks in different mediums. The acrylic painting “Through the Frame” captured a waterfront view, while “Departure” reflected the artist’s experience at Vancouver International Airport before embarking on a journey to study in Boston. In “Concrete Jungle,” Ye used acrylic and oil paints to juxtapose nature with decaying urban spaces. The painting evoked a deteriorating feeling and emphasized the concept of a concrete jungle.

The Emerging Talent 26 exhibition not only highlighted the artistic skills of these young talents but also provided them with an opportunity to share their unique perspectives and stories. It allowed the public to appreciate the creativity and expression of the next generation of artists.

FAQ: Emerging Talent 26 Exhibition

Q: What was the recent exhibition at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts about?
A: The recent exhibition showcased the talent and creativity of Grade 12 students from School District 43 (SD43).

Q: What types of artworks were featured in the exhibition?
A: The exhibition featured a variety of artworks including paintings, drawings, and digital enhancements.

Q: Which schools were represented by the students in the exhibition?
A: The students representing Centennial, Dr. Charles Best, Gleneagle, Port Moody, Riverside, and Terry Fox secondaries were selected for the exhibition.

Q: How did the students express themselves through their artworks?
A: The students spoke about their artworks and revealed their inspirations and aspirations for the future.

Q: Can you provide an example of a student’s artwork that was chosen for the exhibition?
A: One student, Fangxu “Sunny” Gong from Gleneagle Secondary, had his oil painting titled “Sunrise at the Port” and a ballpoint pen drawing called “Sunny and Newton in the Math Room” chosen for the show. He expressed surprise and pride in being chosen.

Q: What technique did Rainna Baverstock use in her artwork?
A: Rainna Baverstock used a scratchboard technique to capture the intricate details of her triptych of ravens titled “Propitious,” “Adroit,” and “Baleful.”

Q: What was the message conveyed in Victoria Mundell’s artwork?
A: Victoria Mundell’s multimedia artwork titled “Truest Love” conveyed a message of self-love and body positivity, inspired by content creator Maddie Dragsbaek.

Q: What contrasting artworks did Eugene Lee from Port Moody Secondary reveal?
A: Eugene Lee revealed two contrasting artworks: “Veiled Fervour,” a watercolor self-portrait, and “Couch Potato,” a colored pencil drawing.

Definitions:
– Scratchboard: A technique using a board coated with white clay that is then covered in ink or paint. The artist can create an image by scratching away the top layer to reveal the white clay beneath.

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