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Local youth help conservation with art

Local youth help conservation with art

For the second year, the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, and international marine artist Rogest (Ron Steven), have joined forces to bring the Summer Art Program to art-enthused youth on the Sunshine Coast. Rogest will introduce the students to art and the ocean, and once again create a collaborative artwork to donate to the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association.

The program will introduce the art students to a wide variety of experiences and issues, organizers note, and provide an environment that focuses on lifelong learning, relationships and respect for oneself and others.

“One of the initiatives of Rogest is to bring the study and concepts of environmental education to life,” coordinator Sherryl Latimer wrote.

“He will engage the students in discussions of habitat, species diversity and inter-relatedness as well as his unique form of ‘DOT’ art.” Students will research a marine organism of their choice and, with assistance each student will create a painting of their chosen organism in the style of ‘DOT’ painting.

The artworks along with the student’s description of the organism and its habitat will go on display in the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre for the weekend following the art program (Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3).

“Through education and art, the goal is to engage the community for the betterment of the environment and think and act locally,” Latimer added.

She noted that the Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast – Sechelt is a proud sponsor of the program. The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association will have a display in the Doris Crowston Gallery during the 3 day program and the public may view the works in progress.

The Summer Art Program takes place Monday, July 28 to Wednesday, July 30 for youth nine to 12 years old, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre – Art Studio, from 10 am to 1 pm. A reception and hanging of the art will take place on the final day, Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30pm. The community is welcome to attend. Registration for the program is $25. Info: 604- 885-5412 or drop by the Art Centre.

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