For the first time Coast Collective in Colwood is turning its attention to some of the shortest artists in the region.
The Our Neighbourhood Children’s Art Show is giving children from the age of two right up to Grade 6 students the chance to have their work shown in the professional gallery at the Colwood-based art centre.
“It grew from the realization that there are a lot of even younger artists,” said Cindy Moyer, executive director. “For a first show of its kind it’s really encouraging and beautiful. It’s just so sweet.”
Among the budding young artists in Kendall MacMillan, a Grade 3 student at Hans Helgesen. Her painting of a frog fits in with the show’s theme, which is a look at the environment in our own backyard.
“I kind of like frogs and there’s a lot of different kinds of tree frogs in our neighbour’s pond,” said MacMillan.
Moyer said it’s the purity in the perspective which makes art from children so unique.
“They just do what they feel, instead of having a filter,” she said. “It’s wonderful to feel that energy come through in their work.”
The show is judged and winners will receive various art prints and prizes, including passes to the Robert Bateman Centre.
The 217 pieces, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and more, will be on display at Coast Collective (3221 Heatherbell Rd.) until Sunday, May 18.