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North Park students put artistic abilities on display

Grand Erie District School BoardNorth Park students put artistic abilities on display

More than 100 North Park Collegiate students put their work on full display during Ghost Grove, their 24th annual senior art showcase on Tuesday, June 14.

After two years of virtual presentation, the show returned to its in-person format for the first time since 2019.

More than 200 works of art from 100 students lined the library at North Park Collegiate during the Ghost grove art show on Tuesday, June 14.

“It feels amazing to be back,” said Kelsey Phillips, one of two senior art teachers at NPC. “We were worried about the attendance but this turnout might be even better than our last in-person event.”

The show is a long-standing tradition for senior students to present their art. More than 200 pieces were on display at the event in a number of different mediums including painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

An attendee reads an interactive art piece titled “Privilege-o-meter” by Najma Said at the Norht Park Collegiate Ghost Grove art show on Tuesday, June 14.

“This show is a chance for our grade 11 and 12 students to celebrate all of the work that they have done throughout their time in the art program,” Phillips said. “Some of these students have never been to an art show or gallery so it’s important for them to get this opportunity alongside their peers.”

For some students, like Bailey Rainey, this art show signified more than just the work she had done in her time at North Park, but also the future that the program inspired her to pursue.

North Park Collegiate grade 13 student Bailey Rainey poses for a photo with her styrofoam and acrylic sculpture titled, “Interlocking” at the 24th annual art show on Tuesday, June 14.

“I’m looking forward to going to Nipissing University in the fall to study visual arts,” Rainey said. “I am hoping to become an art teacher.”

The grade 13 student said she always dreamed of being an artist, but after the impact that her teachers had on her she decided that she wanted to be like them.

“I love art, I love that it gives everybody the opportunity to express themselves,” she said. “I use my work as an extension of who I am, bright colours, feminine shapes and non-traditional mediums.”

Guests admire paintings along the walls of the North Park Collegiate library during the 24th annual art show on Tuesday, June 14.
North Park student and pianist Lily Song performs during the Ghost Grove art show on Tuesday, June 14.
Attendees admire some of the many sculptures at the 24th annual North Park Collegiate art show on Tuesday, June 14.

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