The second annual Teen Art Showcase is at the public library. For the past couple years, the Community Arts Council of Prince George and Region have gathered artists from many different artistic mediums and disciplines to mentor young people. We do this in October and encourage the teens to involve themselves in the showcase that follows. During the mentoring process, I feel it incumbent upon myself, to be honest with these aspiring creatives. I encourage them to follow art as a career path if that is what wish, but also I bring home the reality that art is a business and should be treated as such if one wishes to be successful
It takes a brave person to be as vulnerable as these young people become when they show their work in a public forum. To lay oneself bare to the “slings and arrows” of public commentary on our work. Believe me, I know. These kids are brave and talented, to be sure. Not only do these youth get to display their work at the library but at the Awards Reception in February 2019, five youth will take home prizes of $200 cash and a slick multimedia bag from Mills Art Dept. as part of the prize draw that all the young artists are entered in.
I will certainly be at the reception in February and I have seen the work done by these talented kids. In fact, I have some posted here. These images are in no special order and are copyrighted. The originals by the artist and the photos by Strange Trip Studios. If you want to see the originals, stop by the library and enjoy the young talent that will be telling our story soon. That is what artists are, we tell the story and define the image of our community. We tell the truth, in all, it’s unvarnished and sometimes ugly glory. These youth will be defining how the world sees us, for a generation. They deserve to have their work viewed.
One thing I will say to these young people. Don’t ever stop creating. Ever. I am a testament to that. I had mentors when I was young but made poor choices along the way and it took me until I was in my 50’s to become a successful artist. The one thing that drove me was my need to create, so, I never stopped creating. I don’t recommend my path but whatever path you do take, keep creating.
These photos are offset so that the nefarious characters that are unwilling to pay an artist for their work, cannot steal the images. Yes, sadly, there are those that will do this. So, I must add this bit of legalise; Any use of these posted images without consent from the artist or photographer is strictly prohibited and may result in legal action.