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, MLA Kirkfield Park
May 15, 2013

Student Art Show in Kirkfield Park

Mr. Speaker, Kirkfield Park is blessed with many talented young people. I'm always astounded by the incredible athletes, musicians, artists, actors and thinkers that are sharing their gifts with the community in many different ways, and I've had the chance to speak in this House about many of them. We are also very fortunate to have some great educators who are committed to providing after-school programming so that our students can continue to develop their interests and grow some of these amazing talents.

Last week I was thrilled to have a chance to work with some of Kirkfield Park's budding young artists. Over 40 students from three schools in our constituency contributed their time, skills, sketchpads and paintbrushes to an art exhibit held last week. Their work, which includes photography, watercolours, charcoal and more, was showcased alongside pieces by local artist, Charlie Johnston. Charlie is known for his creative style, portraits of Canadian icons past and present, and, of course, his beautiful murals across Winnipeg.

The students all worked hard on their pieces, Mr. Speaker, and they are jaw-dropping. They feature everything from abstract art to nature photographs, from still life to self-portraits, and from illustrations of First Nations creation narratives, to a haunting sculptural piece on the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

This show would not have been possible, of course, without the great arts programs at the participating schools and their dedicated teachers: Catharine Teichroew from Westwood Collegiate; Sheri Kovacs from the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools; and Crystal Stewart from Lincoln Middle School, which also participated in the Artists in the Schools program last fall.

Mr. Speaker, arts programming is one of the best ways that we can unlock the incredible potential of Manitoba students. I invite all members to join me in congratulating every artist involved with last week's art show for their hard work and creativity.

Student Artists:

Westwood Collegiate: Raylene Friesen, Janessa Fitzjohn, Megan Gair, Angela Gladys, Madison Braun, Zac Brown, Daniel White, Taylor Kennington, Dyle McCoy, Danni, Ashley Davis, Jaymie Prouten-Christianson, Art teacher Catharine Teichroew.

Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School: Jade Fehr, Grace Bruinooge, Kennedy Fehr, Kezia Doerksen, Justin Hall, Gretta Styles, Emma Houldsworth, Tanner Janzen, Jeremy Traverse, Gabrielle Gorchynski, Jennifer Einarson, Lauren Jesson, Art teacher Sheri Kovacs.

Lincoln Middle School: Nate Handel, Evan Sykora, Eliza Montgomery, Lauren Bernier, Rebekah Hayward, Steven Huynh, Lucas Dumore, Ava Luong, Crystal Marchant, Alex Falkenhagen, Gabby Wilson, Katelynn Bourgeois, Jarrid Brake, Kia LaChose, Brietta Passalis, Zoe Rupps, Allison Varey, Amy Brooks, Art teacher Crystal Stewart.