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Street festivals inspire students

The topic is street festivals.

The topic is street festivals.

For the Thompson Rivers University arts students, that theme led to 14 unique prints that range from homeless people living in Vancouver’s Eastside who are shown roasting wieners over barrels to the glitz and glamour of the annual New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Teacher Darlene Kalynka said the works, on display at the BMO Open Gallery at the Kamloops Art Gallery, were created last year, a series using a linocut technique that saw the images printed on muslin cotton.

One of the challenges the students faced was the requirement for a link between each of the 14 prints.

While they worked on their projects individually, they had to be aware of the works that would be next to them and find a commonality that would link them.

The students in Kalynka’s second-year printmaking class include Jamie Anderson, Nadine Arnott, Ana Bayona, Paulino Caputo, Levi Glass, Stephen Chief-Tai Hsiao, Kelsey Jules, Debra Kessler, Brandice Mack, Trevor Mykulak, Allissa Nicholson, Sandy Porter, Rose Provost and George Spanswick.

The works remain on display to Jan. 2.

The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays (which is free admission) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and statutory holidays.

Through the Christmas season, it will be open Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., have regular hours Dec. 27, Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, open Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and close from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6 for inventory purposes.

Admission is $5 for adults, $10 for families, $3 for seniors, students ages seven to 13 and older than 14 with a student ID. For groups of 10 or more, admission is $3. Children six and younger are admitted for free.