“Considering the Whole” Student Art Show – raised $361 for Bats!

Whole School students hosted a very successful Student Art Show on Thursday, April 18. This was a year-long art project funded by ArtStarts and inspired by Marilyn James, local Sinixt elder, coming in and sharing the story of Frog Mountain – a historical account of Sinixt resilience and survival. Along this theme, the students created beautiful, pottery frogs with Peggy Frith and Emma Hunter to hang on the school building as an outside installation. Sherry Heyliger showed the students the technique of paint pouring and the student decorated recycled LPs further decorating the outdoor space. Will Parker and a student from Kutenai Art Therapy Institute created eco-sculpture with the students in the fields and ponds surrounding the school creating a larger collaborative example as well as smaller, individual pieces.

It all came together in a celebratory event last Thursday with a bake sale to raise money for the Kootenay Community Bat Project.

Frog Mountain Student Art Show & Open House

All because of an amazing grant from ArtStarts and a wonderful morning of storytelling with Marilyn James, Sinixt Elder, the K-4 students of the Whole School in Winlaw planned a year of art in the theme of Frog Mountain. The goal was to create works of art that would be outside year round; an installation that would draw the students and their community for contemplation outside.

Peggy Frith and Emma Hunter from Good Pottery https://www.facebook.com/goodpottery/

The students’ art will be displayed on Thursday, April 18th at the opening from 2-4pm.  They will also be raising money through a bake sale for their annual generosity project.  At the show you can hear the story retold and then look for the places that the students brought the stories into their work while munching on yummy treats.