Young artists honoured at awards gala
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May 09, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Young artists honoured at awards gala

Ottawa East News

Anna Bullock had a good workout last Sunday night.

The Grade 12 All Saints Catholic High School student was put through the paces walking back and forth to the awards table during the Young at Art ceremony held at the Mlacak Centre on May 5, where she was honoured five times for her mixed-media work, Patience Cradle.

The piece won her Brian’s Pick, a category judged by gallery member Brian Gallup; the Senior Award for mixed media artwork; Best of Mixed Media Award and the Young at Art Founder’s Award.

“They mean a lot,” said Bullock. “I was very honoured to be awarded them.”

Bullock was also named this year’s recipient of the Ben Babelowsky Award, handed to her by the famed local artist himself.

“He’s a prominent artist in the community and it feels really nice to be recognized by him,” said Bullock.

The young artist plans to study chemistry and fine arts at Queen’s University next year, and she hopes to eventually study art conservation in the university’s graduate program.

Bullock was one of 380 young artists from 60 schools across the city who entered the 17 th annual Young at Art contest, with prizes going to junior and senior participants in three regions: east, west and central, with separate award nights and gallery exhibits.

This is the seventh year the contest has been open to youth between the ages of 13 to 19 across Ottawa; previously, the event was hosted by the Kanata Civic Art Gallery for local participants.

“The success of this idea led to the present citywide event that now includes the Trinity Art Gallery in Orleans, the Atrium and Centrepointe Theatre galleries at Ben Franklin Place in Nepean and here in the Kanata Civic Art Gallery in Kanata where it originated,” said Allison Fagan, during the 2013 Young at Art West ceremony.

A few of the artists picked up several awards.

Ryan Lee, a Grade 12 Earl of March Secondary School student, snagged two: The Ottawa Art Gallery Award of Accomplishment and the Ottawa Guild of Potters awards for his clay piece, Life Cycle.

Lee has been working in the clay medium since he was six years old, when he started studying the discipline at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre.

“Clay has that meaning of your hand in it,” said Lee. “It’s like your piece is you.”

Lee said he hopes to study medical imaging at McMaster University next year, but that art will always have a place in his life.

“It always will be a hobby of mine,” he said.

Laura Manyoki also won two awards – the Rosemary Randell Award of Merit and the David W. Jones Award – for her graphite drawing Old Balinese Lady.

Jones, one of Canada’s foremost landscape painters, presented the award named after him in person to Laura, calling her up onto the stage to praise her work.

Jones said some people may have been surprised to see a landscape artist choose a portrait as the winner of the David W. Jones Award.

“I was judging solely based on merit,” said Jones. “It was a wonderful drawing. It had a strong element of being insightful, probing, investigative and skillfully drawn.”

The Grade 11 All Saints student said that she hasn’t decided what she wants in life yet, but that could change, especially after receiving two Young at Art awards.

“It’s nice to know that other people like my art,” she said. “Right now art is just a hobby, but it opens my eyes to my future, what I possibly could be doing.”

Other award winners were:

  • Junior Award for Drawing: Jeremy Kovaks, All Saints, for his drawing Remnants of Our Past
  • Senior Award for Drawing: Yingfei Sun, Bell High School, for her colour pencil work Recncontre
  • Best of Drawing Award: Yingfei Sun
  • Junior Award for Painting: Hanna Zhang, Canterbury High School, for her watercolour painting Speldosa
  • Senior Award for Paining: Megan Wang, Earl of March Secondary School, for her painting The Voyage
  • Best of Painting Award: Hannah Zhang
  • Junior Award for Mixed Media: Colleen Russett, Canterbury High School, for her watercolour and colour pencil work Exploring the Mind
  • Mixed Media honourable mention: Tina Sun, Franco west French high school, for her artwork Tradition Meets Modern Inner Journey in Perspective
  • Junior Award for Other Media: Darien Drevniok, Venta Preparatory School, for his print Dog Sled Trip 2013
  • Senior Award for Other Media: Eric Gourgon, All Saints, for his pastel work A Break from Kingri
  • Best of Other Media Award: Eric Gourgon
  • Junior Award for Three Dimensional work: Jessica Lee, Earl of March, for her pottery Break
  • Senior Award for Three Dimensional work: Freya Poirier, All Saints, for her sculpture The Fantasy of the Woman in Blue
  • Best of Three Dimensional work: Lauren Coutu, All Saints, for her sculpture Separation Anxiety
  • Kanata Seniors Council Award of Excellence: Abby Cao, Earl of March, for her work Masquerade and Reflection; Yingfei Sun, Bell High School, for her work Rencontre
  • Allison Fagan Award for Promising Colour Pencil: Meihan Liu, Bell High School, for her colour pencil work Fruits.

Some of the awards came with cash prizes or gift certificates. Most of the winners were also given space at local galleries, like the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, to showcase their work.

“It’s an opportunity for them to be taken seriously,” said Young at Art organizer Judi Miller. “The kids come in and they’re really supportive of each other, and they do like to see their peers recognized.’

This year, Young at Art introduced the theme of Samuel de Champlain’s first voyage up the Ottawa River, in honour of the 400th anniversary of the historic trip.

The Young at Art winning artwork will be on display until May 10 at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, located in the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr.

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