Young artists recognized at annual show

Tyler Clarke
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Award-winning students show off their creations at the Mann Art Gallery’s Third Annual High School Juried Art Show during its Wednesday night reception. From left is Theoran Sanderson, Lacey Lorensen, Shania Isbister and Jocelyne Junker. Not pictured are award recipients Cuong Ly and Jade Sanderson. 

Thrilled to receive his first-ever award for artistry, Theoran Sanderson said that he’s simply always drawn.


“It’s what I do,” the Wesmor Community High School Grade 12 student concluded. “It’s what I’ve been doing all my life, now. It’s something that I love doing.”

He said that what’s even better than receiving recognition at the Mann Art Gallery’s Third Annual High School Juried Art Show is the fact that his art will remain on display at the gallery until June 13.

The icing on the cake is media coverage, ensuring even more people see it, he said.

Sanderson received the Artistic Achievement Award at Wednesday’s reception ceremony for his piece “Live’N,” a skull surrounded by vibrantly coloured roses he said were inspired by his girlfriend.

Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade 12 student Jocelyn Junker said that her award-winning piece, If I Could See All My Friends Tonight, was something of a fluke -- albeit, she’s too modest to note that she had the forethought and artistic eye to snap the photograph.

“We have an art studio in PACI, and one day I bought my camera and had a projector hooked up to my computer and the program kind of messed up for a second and projected this on my friend, so it was just a happy accident,” she explained.

Junker received the Juror’s Choice award on Wednesday, which Junker said is “kind of rad.”

Carlton Comprehensive Public High School student Lacey Lorensen’s clay dragons, titled Sun, Earth and Moon, received this year’s Creative Clay award.

“I’ve always love dragons -- they’ve always been a passion of mine,” she said.

“My mom’s my art teacher so I’ve been in her class I think three times now, and we always do clay in the studio,” she explained. ”I think it’s one of my favourite things to do.”

Fellow Carlton student Jade Sanderson’s work, Lights, received this year’s Juicy Colour Award.

The Creative Innovation Award went to St. Mary High School student Cuong Ly for the work titled “Joy of the Poor Boy.”

This year’s first place winner was Prince Albert Collegiate Institute student Shania Isbister for her untitled watercolour work.

There’s still one more award to come with the People’s Choice Award, gallery educator Twyla Exner told the audience that gathered for Wednesday’s opening.

People can stop by the Mann Art Gallery during its hours of operation to view students’ art and to cast their vote in a ballot box, with votes put up for count on June 13.

This year’s High School Juried Art Show features artwork from 56 students who represent seven schools from Prince Albert and the surrounding area. 

Organizations: Mann Art Gallery, Wesmor Community High School Grade, Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade Prince Albert Carlton Comprehensive Public High School Mary High School

Geographic location: PACI

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