“Artists of the Future” on exhibit at The Gibson Gallery

 

Rachel Fitzgerald, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, shows one of her works featured as part of “Artists of the Future” at the Gibson Gallery. The exhibit, which also features numerous works of St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School students, runs through April 20.

Rachel Fitzgerald, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, shows one of her works featured as part of “Artists of the Future” at the Gibson Gallery. The exhibit, which also features numerous works of St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School students, runs through April 20.

A collection of work from St. Thomas of Villanova students hangs at the Gibson Gallery as part of the “Artists of the Future” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery. Over 60 art students from Villanova participated in the exhibit along with several from General Amherst.

A collection of work from St. Thomas of Villanova students hangs at the Gibson Gallery as part of the “Artists of the Future” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery. Over 60 art students from Villanova participated in the exhibit along with several from General Amherst.

By Ron Giofu

 

Young artists from St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School and General Amherst High School have a chance to show their work thanks to the latest Gibson Gallery exhibit.

“Artists of the Future” opened this past week and runs through April 20 with the opening reception having been last Sunday afternoon.

Villanova art teacher Lisa Bastien said roughly 60-65 of her students were involved with the exhibit.

“These are all consistent with what they are doing in school,” said Bastien.

Giving the students a chance to have their work hung in an actual art gallery is a thrill, she indicated, as it allows students a chance to see their work outside of the regular school environment.

“I have to pinch myself because the gallery is so gracious to offer this opportunity,” said Bastien.

The students “feel they’ve kind of arrived” because their work is being exhibited in an art gallery, she added.

Some students have more than one work at the Gibson Gallery, Bastien added, stating they could have brought more but there was only so much space available at the gallery. The works are from students ranging from Grade 9-12.

“We tried to give a good cross-section of the art being done at St. Thomas of Villanova,” said Bastien.

Rachel Fitzgerald, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, said she will be taking art as part of her double major when she attends the University of Windsor next year. It was the first time she had work hung in an art gallery and she was pleased to be part of the “Artists of the Future” exhibit.

“It’s honestly really cool,” said Fitzgerald. “It shows all of the best artwork we have from the high schools. It feels good to be a part of that. It’s really exciting.”

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For more information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

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