The 15th annual South Kamloops secondary art calendar and fundraiser is here.
Fifty-five South Kamloops art students began their learning with a field trip to the BC Wildlife Park, where they participated in an informative animal encounter program. Next, students worked with local nature illustrator Anisha Parekh in a classroom art workshop.
Since the students and teachers are unable to host the annual community exhibition in the Sagebrush Theatre lobby this year, due to the pandemic, they have created a virtual art exhibition to share all artwork created for the 2021 calendar project. That online exhibit is here.
The calendars — An Illustrated Journey/Kamloops 2021 — calendars were created by students inspired by nature drawing and journaling.
Art teacher Lisa Yamoaka said students investigated imagery and information as a way to connect to their community and share their research as visual artists. Yamoaka said the theme addresses nature illustration and journaling by focusing on observing and recording surroundings or personal experience in Kamloops.
Calendars can be purchased at South Kamloops secondary’s main office (Ninth Avenue and Munro Street in Sagebrush), at The Art We Are (217 Victoria St. downtown) and at the Kamloops Art Gallery (Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue downtown). Proceeds from the sales go to the South Kamloops secondary visual arts program.
“We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of the BC Wildlife Park,” Yamoaka said. “A special thank you to our community jurors who had the difficult task of selecting the featured images for this calendar.”
These included artist and illustrator Anisha Parekh, Kamloops Art Gallery education and public programs director Emily Hope South Kamloops secondary vice-principal Lana Blais.
Also helping in the endeavour were the school’s parent advisory committee, the City of Kamloops arts and culture engagement group, South Kamloops secondary alumnus and graphic designer Amanda Johnson.
To see more calendar images, click here.