The Ponoka Jubilee Library is hosting a multi-school art exhibit featuring artwork from local elementary schools that opens March 19.
“The library acts as a community center for Ponoka, providing not only library services, but also a place to gather and celebrate different aspects of Ponoka,” said library manager Dan Galway.
“This includes organizing art exhibitions that showcase local talent. We wanted to start including young people to foster the development of our artistic community.
Currently, the four participating schools are Ponoka Elementary School, Mecca Glen School, St. Augustine Elementary School and Ponoka Christian School.
The exhibition is the first in a new series called “Artful Expressions” and the theme of this exhibition is “Spring Joy”.
Schools are invited to choose student art and all pieces are accepted. The show will not be judged and prizes will not be awarded.
There will be 60 to 80 works of art in the exhibit, showcasing the talent of students from kindergarten to grade 7.
All art is 2D (wall art) and will include mediums of paint, pencil, pen, charcoal and mosaic paper.
On Saturday, March 19, the library will host a vernissage of the exhibition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, as well as artists, their families and school communities. The cake will be served.
The exhibition and the opening are free for the public.
The event is not a fundraiser for the library, but an opportunity to celebrate young local artists and exhibit their work in a gallery.
The objectives of this exhibition are to:
– Encourage children to focus on themselves and express themselves through visual arts using the “Spring Joy” theme.
– Connecting schools in the Ponoka area to the community by exhibiting their art in a free-entry gallery.
– Encourage children to be confident in their artistic skills when they see their art in a public gallery.
– Demonstrate to children that art and being artistic are valued.
The exhibit will run from March 19 to May 23, in the lobby and library of the Ponoka Civic Center.
The public can come and see the exhibition during library opening hours, Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The library is not only hosting the “Artful Expressions” exhibit this spring, but is currently featuring another art exhibit in its teen section made up of contributions from local high school students. The art in the teen section changes every two months.