Belmont secondary student Cozette Macallum shows off one her pieces entered in the student art show at Royal Roads University.

West Shore aspiring artists hang work at RRU

The Roots SD 62 is a growing tradition and features fine art plus jazz and classical music performances from students

Pressing graphite to paper is one of 17-year old Cozette Macallum’s favourite things to do.

Before she dons her cap and gown to graduate Belmont secondary this June, she’s busy selecting what art pieces to enter in the Roots Sooke School District annual student fine art show and sale exhibition. She anticipates entering more than 10 pieces but hasn’t  narrowed down her choices yet.

“I like to draw with graphite and I love acrylic paint. I have loved art since I could hold a crayon,” said the Metchosin teen.

Whether she is using coloured pencils creating a portrait of Vikings actress Katheryn Winnick or a graphite sketch of her favourite predators, eagles and wolves, the Belmont student is excited to display her art.

“Most students don’t get to hang their own art shows until later on in university,” Macallum said. “This is going to be a great show with so many great aspiring artists.”

In total 200 students from Sooke School District entered work in the show, about 100 of them from Belmont secondary.

“Art is all about self expression and when your art is out there, it’s like your voice is being heard,” said Laura Rechwan, 17. “Being in this art show makes us feel like a bigger part of the arts community and inspires us to have more confidence with our artwork.”

“We have by far the most students entered,” said Belmont art teacher Victoria Khan, who has been putting students’ artwork aside all year building up for this.

The Roots SD 62 art show started in 2007 and is a growing tradition. It features fine art plus jazz and classical music performances from students in middle and secondary schools throughout the district. This is its fourth year at Royal Roads.

“We are really trying to establish ourselves with this show and having it on Mother’s Day weekend makes it a big event,” Khan said.

All of the students art will be judged and $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded thought the West Shore Arts Council.

The exhibition is in the Quarterdeck at Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke. Rd. It’s open May 11 from noon to 5 p.m. and on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Royal Roads entertains the masses for Mother’s Day

Treat your mom like royalty this Mother’s Day and head to Hatley Castle. Royal Roads hosts its annual Mother’s Day Paint-In, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local artists, artisans and musicians will be spread across the university’s Hatley Park. Enjoy free admission to the gardens and castle. Parking is $5 for the day.