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Art show highlights multi-faith themes

By Frank Flegel


REGINA — A young artist from Oxbow High School took first prize in the sixth annual Multi-Faith Saskatchewan Visual Arts Presentation held April 22 at Westminster United Church. Her work is titled “Make Love Not War” and features a helicopter dropping hearts and flowers on a city.

Emily Creusot got the idea for her theme mostly from the Internet, she said, but also with help from her art teacher at Oxbow High School. First prize is $125 and inclusion with other entries in the travelling art show that will tour Saskatchewan schools this summer.

The project is not about the money, it’s about encouraging and assisting students to create art that will celebrate all those things that will make life better for all, says the brochure that invites entries.

Krishan Kapila, co-founder of Multi-Faith Saskatchewan and the Visual Art Project, said that in the six years of its existence, 250 student art works have been created from 29 different Saskatchewan schools. This year, 30 pieces were entered by students from eight Saskatchewan schools. Several schools had multiple entries, with the largest number — five — from Central Collegiate in Saskatoon; three came from Oxbow High School and two from Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon.

There was just one entry from Regina: St. Luke’s Yulya Golden focused on the earth and everything in it as God’s gift to us and we must work and live together as family to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.

Fifteen of the entries were adjudicated by Regina artists Elmer Brenner, Madhu Kumar and Anne Campbell.

Denton Dietz of Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon took second prize, and because of his theme, “the wisdom that nature holds,” his art work will be entered in an international competition in Massachusetts this summer.

Kapila said an organization called Charter of Compassion is holding the competition for art depicting the environment. Denton’s work depicts a wrinkled, aged face in the bark of a tree. This illustration of his theme fits the environment description of the Charter of Compassion art competition.

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