By Nick Kuhl on November 9, 2019.
Youthful artists will meet gallery visitors today, and share a little
about their creative process.
Their mixed media creations have been on view in recent weeks at the
Helen Schuler Nature Centre, as part of a youth art exhibition
supported by the Rotary Club of East Lethbridge.
Participating artists were invited to “find their muse” in nature,
then create something that would inspire others to spend more time
outside. Today’s exhibition closing event, starting at 2 p.m., will
provide an opportunity for visitors to chat with the young artists and
learn more about their creative process.
“We know that spending time in nature is important for everyone,”
says Fran Leggett, president of the Rotary club.
“We want the ‘Inspired by Nature’ exhibition to provide a fun way
to celebrate youth who explore the outdoors, reflect on their
experiences, and encourage others to do the same.”
As a local artist prepares to present the nature centre’s next
exhibition, officials are reminding others of their opportunity to
take part next year. Until Nov. 15, community members are invited to
submit “expressions of interest” in staging an exhibition during
the following year. Interested artists and community groups should
submit their proposals to facility rental co-ordinator Marianne Virag.
Opening Tuesday, “Trees of Knowledge” is a selection of prints by
local artist Troy Nickle. Focusing on tree stumps, it highlights the
intricate, varied and organic patterns of growth rings to reveal the
knowledge hidden within the trees.
“It is my hope this work will engage the public in a variety of ways
and serve not only as a way to appreciate the beauty and wonder of
nature but also provide educational opportunities for youth and people
of all ages,” Nickle says.
His work will be on display until mid-December.