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Three artists win People’s Choice at COTR

The budding artists at COTR showcased their work in the school's first Art Show in April, and the votes are in for the People’s Choice.

The budding artists at the College of the Rockies showcased their work in COTR’s first Art Show in April, and the votes are in for the People’s Choice.

“The show was very well attended with at least 200 people visiting the show. Guests were asked to choose a favourite and 95 people nominated a piece. Just about every piece was chosen by someone,” said Meg Langley, Access Education Instructor at COTR Golden Campus.

The top choices went to Sandra Parry’s “Untitled” watercolour on Manitoba Elm Burl, Bryan Dean’s “High Country Meadow” acrylic on canvas, and Alice Goldsbury’s “Boats” acrylic on canvas.

The show featured 93 pieces made by 41 students and five instructors. There were 75 students (90 per cent female, and more than half were over the age of 65) who took a low-cost or free workshop funded by either Service Canada or the COTR Faculty Innovation Fund. Most of the students completed the courses for pleasure, but there were 10 who received a Fine Art 90 (Art 12) credit, which can be used towards high school completion.

The funding for these courses will carry over to Fall of 2014 when 4 more workshops will be offered:  Introduction to drawing with Marty Ryan, Acrylic Painting with Janis Dyck, Finding Your Voice in Clay with Jane Tevelein Doel and Throwing on the Pottery Wheel with Suzanne Cooper.  The registration deadline will be September 15, 2014.

“The art classes have all been very well attended and some of the students have found the experiences life-changing.  Many of the students who were most impacted could not have afforded the classes had they not been free for low-income people,” said Langley.

“The funding for these courses will run out next Christmas and it would be wonderful for some form of low-cost, artistic outlet to remain available so that Golden area residents of all incomes have an avenue for building their creativity.”