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Kelowna art exhibit at Interior Health showcases youth talent

33 works of art highlight creative efforts of local kids
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Kelowna’s got talent, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) is celebrating that of local kids with its Summer Visions: Youth Exhibition 2023.

A summer collaboration between four visual instructors, 160 youth ranging in age from five to 16 culminated in a collection of 33 works of art, which is currently on display until Dec. 17 at Interior Health, where it’s already garnering appreciation.

“So many of our clients comment on what they see,” employee Laura Powell said of the art show. “I really think the exhibit brings life to the area and generates warmth and comfort for our patients.”

The showcase features the work from two unique programs, the RCA Summer of Arts and Arts Blast, that encouraged the kids to explore their creative potential.

With the two programs divided into age groups, the Summer of Arts, was a visual intensive for the older kids aged 13-16 that allowed them to explore a variety of techniques, from dry and wet media to abstract painting. Complementing the 17 pieces that group produced are the 16 from the younger group. The Arts Blast Camp played up the artistic zeal of five to 10-year-olds with different themes including Animal Planet, Around the World and Deep Sea Adventure.

“This exhibition shows the talent and boundless creativity of young artists. It’s a celebration of their imaginative journeys, and a reflection of the transformative power of artistic exploration,” RCA executive director Colleen Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “We are immensely proud of their achievements, and we invite everyone to experience the world of art through their eyes.”

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