South Kamloops students use art to capture impact of climate change

The 12th annual South Kamloops secondary art department art calendar exhibition and fundraiser will be held on Nov. 22

Viewing the impact of climate change locally is what is behind 14 images created by South Kamloops secondary students that will be featured in a calendar and on postcards as part of a school fundraiser.

The 12th annual South Kamloops secondary art department art calendar exhibition and fundraiser will be held in the lobby gallery at Sagebrush Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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The public is welcome to attend.

In Embracing Nature’s Change, student artists were encouraged to identify, reflect on and capture the impact of climate change on the local environment and community in wake of two summers of record-setting wildfires.

Students began their artistic journeys with a visit to the Kamloops Museum and Archives.

Through a guided tour by museum educator Keeley Bland, students were introduced to the process of gathering visual information through primary and secondary research of artifacts and photographs in the current exhibition, Ruin & Renewal: Fire in the Interior Plateau.

In addition, Kevin Skrepnek, chief fire information officer at the BC Wildfire Service, shared his knowledge and experience on the past two summers of wildfires in the area.

Proceeds from the sales of the calendars and postcards will support future visual-arts projects at South Kamloops secondary.

The students’ 14 images were selected by a community jury (Keely Bland, museum educator at the Kamloops Museum and Archives; Christy Gauley, SD73 arts education co-ordinator and Walt Kirschner, South Kamloops principal) from more than 50 student acrylic paintings.

Calendars and postcards will be available for purchase in late November at the Kamloops Art Gallery (Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue), The Art We Are Café (246 Victoria St.), Kamloops Museum and Archives (Seymour Street and Second Avenue) and South Kamloops secondary (Ninth Avenue and Munro Street).

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