“What is art?” was the question asked in the gallery’s introductory speech. A question with many answers, with one, simply put toward the title: “Art Is An Interpretation And It’s Personal”.
The multimedia exhibit hosted by King’s Art World took place March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Callander Bay Heritage Museum in the Alex Dufresne Gallery.
The showcase of students both young and old proves that anyone can paint, regardless of which age you start learning. Many artists’ first and recent works are on display to compare their progress since beginning in the class.
Lise King has been teaching her students, whom she calls “scholarly artists”, how to create, but also various aspects of what it means to be an artist.
“They’re learning the language of art, they’re learning the technique and a bit of the history that goes along with it,” says King. “It’s a process that you need to think of what you’re doing from the ground up.”
Camille Dorval, 15, is one of King’s younger students for the past three years. Though she has been an artist before taking classes, she finds them helpful in advancing her skill set.
“In class, you learn how to actually make stuff in your head look good,” says Dorval. “You can have enough trouble putting it on paper but [classes] helps you do that so it actually looks decent.”
Showcased on the wall with each piece were a few words from each artist about their work. Many of which note how art has since become an escape for them, and how they’ve learned to become confident in their own skills.
A quote from artist Jennifer Laird says “I have always appreciated art. I never actually pursued creating art…however, now recently retired, I have found an amazing, rewarding artistic outlet to create, explore and interpret.”
Laird’s quote continues with positive remarks regarding how being an art student has affected her life.
“I now have the confidence to practice new skills, discover new mediums, and generally explore the inspiring world of visual art. To see the world through the eyes of an artist is truly a gift.”
Artwork on showcase includes pencil drawings, cartoon images, photography, and paintings. Free refreshments were provided at the opening event, two of which being artistic displays of cupcakes and a flower in a pot.
The gallery will remain on display at the museum every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10-5. up until April 21, 2018.