Student Pix

“Student Pix” on exhibit at Gibson Gallery through June 3

 

The Gibson Art Gallery has hung young photographers’ work on its walls for the 13th time.

The annual Student Pix exhibit features the work of both primary and secondary school students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Professional photographers and artists judge the photos and assign winners.  Winners are broken into categories according to grade level and photographic medium.

“It’s an exhibit the public looks forward to,” said Bonnie Deslippe, the gallery’s administrator.  “People like to see what these kids have created.”

Deslippe noted that this year is an interesting one, since one of the “Best in Show” awards was granted to a grade schooler.  Addison Slater, a Kingsville Public School student, won for her digitally-enhanced image.  Normally, she said, the winner comes from the senior division, which includes grades 9-12.

This year, around 250 photos were submitted.  Of them, 37 winners were announced:

 

PRIMARY – Black and White

Kate Winney

Sebastien Allison

Ava Soucie

 

PRIMARY – Colour

Kate Winney

Sebastien Allison

Ava Soucie

 

PRIMARY – Digitally Enhanced

Sebastien Allison

Dale Richardson explores the 13th annual Student Pix exhibit at the Gibson Art Gallery in Amherstburg. The exhibit will run through June 3. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

JUNIOR – Black and White

Isabelle Soucie

Elliana O’Neill

Brianna Gignac

 

JUNIOR – Colour

Meredith Reynolds

Claire Bolton

Isabelle Soucie

 

JUNIOR – Digitally Enhanced

Minji Kim

Claire Stockwell

Claire Bolton

 

INTERMEDIATE – Black and White

Marin Van Wagner

Parker Mosey

Julia Balkwill

 

JUNIOR – Colour

Nefertari Powell

Mila Vasquez

Grace Rivett

 

JUNIOR – Digitally Enhanced

Aleksandra Milic

Morgan Churchill

Ava Claridge

 

SENIOR – Black and White

Ashley Injic

Julia Sanders

Dilinaer Aiyireti

 

SENIOR – Colour

Sydney Cremasco

Chyenne Wilson

Celina Duguay

Sommer Franz

 

SENIOR – Digitally Enhanced

Mariffe Boycott

Kevin Baker

Joslyn Gagnier

 

BEST IN SHOW – Black and White

Alyssa Ferrera

 

BEST IN SHOW – Colour

Sommer Franz

 

BEST IN SHOW – Digitally Enhanced

Addison Slater

 

The exhibit will continue hanging until June 3, when a closing reception will be held from 2-4 p.m.  The students will be formally presented with their awards at 3 p.m.

The Gibson Art Gallery is open from Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Winners of “Student Pix” photography exhibit crowned

 

The Gibson Gallery has announced the winners for the Greater Essex County 12th Annual “Student Pix” Contest during its closing exhibit.

In the primary division for ‘Black and White’, Charlie Winney (Lakeshore) won first place. Ava Soucie from (Anderdon) won second and Sebastian Allison from (DM Eagle) came in third. For ‘Colour’, Charlie Winney once again got first place, Lydia Meresak (Anderdon) was in second and Sebastien Allison also received third place. In the ‘Enhanced’ category, Kate Winney (Lakeshore) won the first place. There were no second or third place winners.

The winners of the Gibson Gallery's "Student Pix" exhibit gather for a group photo. It was run in conjunction with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The winners of the Gibson Gallery’s “Student Pix” exhibit gather for a group photo. It was run in conjunction with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

In the junior division for ‘Black and White’, Claire Bolton (LaSalle Public) came in first place. In second place was Andrew Dufour (Queen Victoria) and Addison Slater (Kingsville Public) came in third place. For ‘Colour’, Grace Allison from (DM Eagle) won first place, Claire McCormick (Kingsville Public) got in second and lastly, Zoe Papaofthimiou (LaSalle Public) won third place. For ‘Enhanced’, first place went to Addison Slater. Second place went to Emma Lauzon (LaSalle Public) and the third-place winner was Natalie Ristoska (WG Davis).

In the intermediate division for ‘Black and White’, Celina Dion (Maryvale) came in first place. In second place was Remy Allison (AV Graham) and in third place came Milica Jaksic (WG Davis). In the ‘Colour’ category, William Telasco (LaSalle Public) won first place, Rene Kelich (LaSalle Public) won second place and Emma Renaud (Malden Public) won third place. Finally, in the ‘Enhanced’ category, William Telasco came in first with Adam Anderson (Kingsville) in second and Remy Allison in third.

In the senior division for ‘Black and White’, Emma Berg (Belle River) won first place. Alex Pierzak (Sandwich) won second and Denver Hensel (Belle River) got third place. For the ‘Colour’ category, Emma Berg once again placed first. Jordyn Brigley (Belle River) placed second and Colson Kotyk (Belle River) won third place. In the ‘Enhanced’ category, Charie Canuto (Sandwich) placed first and Adrian Resendes (Leamington) came in second. Sydney Lavin (Belle River) placed in third.

Finally, for ‘Best In Show’, Colson Kotyk won for his ‘Black And White’ entry. Adrian Resendes won the ‘Colour’ category and Dorotea Bajic (Belle River) placed overall in the ‘Enhanced’ category.

The Gibson Gallery’s current exhibit is “Fibre Content,” which runs through June 11. It is a travelling exhibit from the Art Gallery of Burlington.

For more information on the Gibson Gallery, they can be reached at 519-736-2826 or at www.gibsonartgallery.com.

Gibson Gallery presenting “Student Pix” through May 7

 

 

By Danica Skakavac

 

For the Gibson Gallery, nothing matters more than bringing together families and friends in light of original artwork.

The Gibson Gallery is hosting the “Student Pix: Student Digital Photography GECDSB” exhibit until May 7. The idea of the event is to create the opportunity for public board students from Grades 1-12 to enter in their photographs in hopes of winning the contest.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery's "Student Pix" exhibit, which runs through May 7.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery’s “Student Pix” exhibit, which runs through May 7. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

The entry categories are Junior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software), Intermediate (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software) and lastly Senior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software).

The gallery works with Shelley Pike, teacher consultant K-12 Computers and 21st Century Skills, Business Studies and Computer Science with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Judges for the “Student Pix” event included River Town Times editor Ron Giofu, freelance reporter and Gibson Gallery board member Jonathan Martin and professional photographer Phyllis Chant.

The awards for the winners and participants will be held May 7 at 3 p.m.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

“My favourite part of the event is the closing day when the students and families come together to honour the winners and to celebrate the successful contest and exhibit,” says Pike. “The media is there and our superintendent gives out awards. It is a very big deal for the students and a day that they will never forget!”

Pike also added in her opinion of the showcase, saying that reading the descriptions the students write with their entry photographs about what their images mean to them allows a little glimpse into their values that we may not know.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be found online at www.gibsonartgallery.com. Their Facebook site can be found at www.facebook.com/GibsonGallery. To find them on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/ARTamherstburg.

Their hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Awards handed out for “Student Pix” exhibit

 

 

The 11th annual “Student Pix” exhibit concluded Sunday with awards being handed out to the winning photographers.

The Greater Essex County District School Board teamed with the Gibson Gallery for the exhibit with schools from across the public system participating.

The 11th annual “Student Pix” photography exhibit concluded Sunday with a closing reception at the Gibson Gallery. The exhibit was presented in partnership with the Greater Essex County District School Board. Pictured are the winning photographers who were able to attend the reception.

The 11th annual “Student Pix” photography exhibit concluded Sunday with a closing reception at the Gibson Gallery. The exhibit was presented in partnership with the Greater Essex County District School Board. Pictured are the winning photographers who were able to attend the reception.

Awards were won by:

 

PRIMARY

Black and White

  1. Charlie Winney (Lakeshore Discovery)
  2. Grace Allison (D.M. Eagle)
  3. Sebastien Allison (D.M. Eagle)

 

Colour

  1. Sebastien Allison (D.M. Eagle)
  2. Charlie Winney (Lakeshore Discovery)
  3. Asher Jackson (Essex)

 

Digitally Enhanced

  1. Grace Allison (D.M. Eagle)

 

The “Best in Show” photo in the black and white division was taken by Ravinder Hans Kaur of Herman.

The “Best in Show” photo in the black and white division was taken by Ravinder Hans Kaur of Herman.

JUNIOR

Black and White

  1. Caroline Howitt (Sandwich West)
  2. Tia Bellaire (Essex)
  3. Hannah Raffoul (Kingsville)

 

Colour

  1. Grace Rivett (Tecumseh Vista Academy)
  2. Luke Lear (Kingsville)
  3. Tia Bellaire (Essex)

 

Digitally Enhanced

  1. Emily Demers (LaSalle)
  2. Hannah Raffoul (Kingsville)
  3. Christian Rogers (Kingsville)

 

The “Best in Show” photo in the digitally enhanced category was taken by Colin Laughland of Sandwich Secondary School.

The “Best in Show” photo in the digitally enhanced category was taken by Colin Laughland of Sandwich Secondary School.

INTERMEDIATE

Black and White

  1. Megan Scarrow (Southwood)
  2. Dani Bogdanovic (Davis)
  3. Danica Grech (Davis)

 

Colour

  1. Rhianna Price (LaSalle)
  2. Zhehai Zhang (Bellewood)
  3. Megan Scarrow (Southwood)

 

Digitally Enhanced

  1. Remy Allison (A.V. Graham)
  2. Raymond Roy (Davis)
  3. Leah Thwaites (Davis)

 

SENIOR

Black and White

  1. Gillian Gagnier (Belle River)
  2. Claudia Town (Belle River)
  3. Autumn Chappus (Belle River)

 

Colour

  1. Kat Rice (Sandwich)
  2. Sydney Cranston (Belle River)
  3. Nicole Trotechaud (Belle River)

 

Digitally Enhanced

  1. Ramsha Siddiqi (Sandwich)
  2. Andrea Loubert (Sandwich)
  3. Sydney Cranston (Belle River)

 

The “Best in Show” photo in the colour category was taken by Colin Laughland of Sandwich Secondary School.

The “Best in Show” photo in the colour category was taken by Colin Laughland of Sandwich Secondary School.

BEST IN SHOW

Black and White – Ravinder Hans Kaur (Herman)

Colour – Colin Laughland (Sandwich)

Digitally Enhanced – Colin Laughland (Sandwich)

Gibson Gallery hosts “Student Pix” for 11th straight year

 

By Ron Giofu

For the eleventh straight year, the photography work of students from the Greater Essex County District School Board is on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

"Student Pix" runs at the Gibson Gallery through June 5.

“Student Pix” runs at the Gibson Gallery through June 5.

“Student Pix” opened last Thursday and will continue through June 5, with a closing reception being 2-4 p.m. The event is a collaborative effort of the public school board and the gallery with teacher consultant Chris Knight coordinating the exhibit from the board’s end.

“The exhibition is open to entries from any of the schools in the Greater Essex County District School Board,” said Knight. “This year we have over 250 entries, with 30 schools represented. I have been part of this exhibit for six years and this is the highest number of entries I have experienced in that time.”

Knight stated the bulk of the entries from the public board’s high schools are also used as part of their work in arts and photography courses.

“One of the great benefits to the students is that this work is exhibited publicly, which is a source of great pride for them,” said Knight. “They appreciate the chance to produce work for an audience and to share it as part of the exhibit. This is also true of our elementary students.”

A closing reception will be held June 5 for the "Student Pix" exhibit from 2-4 p.m. Awards to be handed out at 3 p.m.

A closing reception will be held June 5 for the “Student Pix” exhibit from 2-4 p.m. Awards to be handed out at 3 p.m.

The Greater Essex County District School Board values creativity and arts in all of its schools, stated Knight, who added the entries from the elementary level are often the product of teachers and students working on digital media projects and the arts “to produce these great pieces of work.

“We also hear many stories from parents each year about how their children come home excited to enter the contest and taking the pictures becomes a family activity. If you look at the wide variety of subjects in the photos, it is a really nice reflection that we are able to provide a way for children to think and work creatively with their families in capturing all kinds of beautiful and interesting things in the world around them,” said Knight. “As well as the benefits of engaging families, we value the opportunity to highlight creativity and the arts, and to share with our students the pathways, choices and opportunities that are open to them as they move through our education system.”

A total of 30 different schools participated in this year’s “Student Pix” exhibit. Photos were entered, and judged, in three categories including black and white, colour and digitally altered. Age ranges included primary, junior, intermediate and senior.

“It is very important to the board to be involved in the type of partnership we have with the Gibson Gallery, and also in providing our students opportunities to share the wonderful work that they do,” said Knight. “We are very clear that we value the arts in our students’ learning experience, and this is an opportunity for us to show not only the extent of that commitment, but also the enthusiasm and talent of our students.”

Knight pointed out that “one of the mandates we have from the Ministry of Education is to increase public confidence in public education and events and opportunities like this go a long way for us in creating those opportunities for people to see just how great our public education system is.” He added that the most pleasing thing for him in the years he has been working on the exhibit has been parents and students sharing their stories behind the pictures.

Student Pix runs at the Gibson Gallery through June 5.

Student Pix runs at the Gibson Gallery through June 5.

“Every year we see students who have shared images from their family vacations or days out in the local area. To know that students are taking the time to be creative and capture the beauty in the world around them is very gratifying, especially when they are doing it away from the school setting. They are clearly very motivated and engaged in this work,” said Knight.

There has been more overall entries this year than in the previous five that he has been involved in, said Knight, with the growth being in the Grade 4-6 and 7-8 categories. Knight estimated at least 250 photographs are on exhibit.

“From being in our schools and classrooms I think one of the emerging trends is just how easy and accessible photography is for our students today, either through their phones, or tablets, as well as with traditional cameras,” he said. “As we integrate technology more deeply with students’ every day learning, they are more interested and able to capture moments and use the technology to support their creativity.”

The partnership the Greater Essex County District School Board has with the Gibson Gallery “is a really important one,” Knight continued, calling the gallery “great advocates for the arts” and an organization that shares the board’s “enthusiasm for giving an opportunity for our students to present their creativity.

“We are striving for partnerships in our community, and this is one that we value greatly. The Gallery also arranges for professionals to come in and judge the student exhibit, which is a great part of the process and one we appreciate – I wouldn’t like to have to pick from the great work we have on display!”

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in May and from Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in June. For information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.