The Cowichan Valley Arts Council handed out awards for some outstanding work by young artists (ages 13-21) at the opening event for the annual youth art show on March 2.
This year’s show, In My Head, features the work of more than 75 Cowichan Valley students on the theme of mental health – dreams, imagination and more. The art on display includes sculpture, photography, painting and drawing. The show (and sale) runs in the CVAC Gallery March 3- April 1. Admission is free.
The jurors (Cam Russell and Rory MacDonald) commented on the exceptionally varied display of work this year. “Local students impressed us with their creative abilities ranging from the classic techniques to digital art,” said Russell. “We are proud to celebrate these young artists and to acknowledge the support of teachers and parents as well.”
Here are the 2023 award winners:
Eva Elliott, 16, Duncan Christian School
Maria Jose Febres Duque, 16, St. John’s Academy
Rory Polack, 13, Chemainus Secondary School
Juror’s Award: Noah Marston,17 (Queen Margaret’s School); Aina Hori, 17, (Queen Margaret’s School).
Awards of Excellence: Cayman Atkins, 17; Elsa Bollinger,16 ; Catalina Liang,19; Veda McShane, 17; Elise Mulder, 17.
Schools are invited to book times to tour the show, and CVAC will have an art quiz available for visiting groups. The youth art show is supported by Schnitzer Steel, the Cowichan Theatre and the Duncan Daybreak Rotary Club.