Gibson Gallery opens exhibit season

By Joel Charron

The Gibson Gallery has opened for the 2011 season and features pieces of young artist’s work as their first exhibit.

The exhibit called “Artists of the Future” features works of art from roughly 70 art students from both General Amherst High School and St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School.

“Artists of the Future” will be on display until March 27. The exhibit displays a wide variety of drawings, paintings and sculptures.

“This isn’t your typical ‘art on the wall’,” said Bonnie Deslippe, the gallery’s publicity director. “This exhibit is three-dimensional and multi media.”

Villanova Grade 11 student Ryan Coupe is one of several students whose talents are on display at the Gibson Gallery until March 27.

Deslippe said people who have see the exhibit have been “blown away” at the quality and imagination of the art.

The Gibson Gallery has done a student exhibit before, however it was discontinued roughly 15 years ago for unknown reasons.  Deslippe said during a board meeting she asked what happened to the student exhibits. She said The Gibson Gallery offers a bursary to both high schools and added it would only fair that they display their work.

“We are encouraging the students to further their education in art, but why aren’t we displaying their work,” said Deslippe.

Deslippe was told to contact Amherst’s art teacher Jacqui Janzen and Villanova’s art teacher Lisa Bastien to see if there was any interest.

“They were both very excited about the exhibit,” explained Deslippe. “You can tell by the type of artwork we received from the students that they were excited about it as well.”

With the success the “Artists of the Future” exhibit has experienced thus far, the gallery is looking forward to keeping the student exhibit alive.

“I’m hoping that we can continue this every year,” said Deslippe.

The Gibson Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and donations are accepted. For information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

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