Wow. I went to the Bealart Show last night. It’s an annual exhibit of projects completed by teenagers in the H.B. Beal (secondary school) art program. I’ve attended for the last several years, and it is definitely a tradition I intend to keep up because the art that these kids (kids!!!) produce is amazing.
There’s lithography and linocut, graphite drawing, ceramics, sculptures of wire, clay, and even reclaimed junk; there’s plaster casts, metal work, paper work, bead work. There’s photography, embroidery, silk painting, felting, film, carving, and weaving. No doubt that’s only half the list! And it isn’t just the versatility of media that I enjoy so much, it’s the perspective these kids (KIDS!!) demonstrate – there is such creativity, ingenuity, and insight in their work. I love it – it inspires me and moves me and wakes me up.
Next year, I’m taking my cheque book. I not only want to support both the program and the young artists, but I would love to adorn my home with such fresh, brilliant, imaginative pieces.