Art exhibition by local students celebrates community

Visitors to the Kelowna Art Gallery will get a glimpse of just how much artistic talent resides in youth in the Okanagan through a new exhibition on view.

Art in Action: Community celebrates the creativity of 180 middle- and high-school students from the Central Okanagan region and features a diverse selection of works of art created by them. This year marks the 33rd annual Art in Action exhibition that calls on students each year to tap into their imagination, and express themselves through painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, drawing, film, and photography.

For this year’s exhibition, students were encouraged to use artistic expression to illustrate their thoughts about what community means to them. Some chose to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the Okanagan, while others focused on the environment. There are works that explore history in the Okanagan, and also a number of pieces that illustrate a future the artists envision for our community.

Art in Action showcases just how remarkable the art activities taking place in local classrooms are,” says Kelowna Art Gallery Executive Director, Nataley Nagy. “It is fascinating to see the thoughts, attitudes, and ideas of youth being expressed through visual art and also inspiring to see just how talented these young artists are.”

The exhibition will be on view through September 15, 2019 in The Front project space of the Gallery, which is open to the public and free of charge.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

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