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Truro Sunstone Academy students displaying work at the Marigold

Abel Hutt and Amaya Faulkner are two of the Sunstone Academy students who created works of art for a show at the Marigold Cultural Centre. The art is being sold as a fundraiser for the school.
Abel Hutt and Amaya Faulkner are two of the Sunstone Academy students who created works of art for a show at the Marigold Cultural Centre. The art is being sold as a fundraiser for the school. - Lynn Curwin

TRURO, N.S. – The first-time painters who have created art currently on display at the Marigold Cultural Centre are thrilled to have their work showcased.

The pieces were created by students – aged five to 11 – of Sunstone Academy, and all money raised through sales will go toward supplies and art enrichment at the school.

“It’s great working with kids; they’re very adventurous,” said Jen Power, an art instructor at the school. “They did paintings, and there’s a binder of drawings to look at. About 14 kids did work and they’re really excited to show their work in a gallery.”

Children explored art history and art movements during the year, and were encouraged to use art as a form of self expression.

“From a mental health perspective, it’s really important to be creative and respond to things through art,” said Michelle Thibault, who runs Sunstone Academy. “It’s an important part of learning.”

Paintings are placed in groupings, by theme. These include sheep, peacocks, birch trees, and Kandinsky circles.

Five-year-old Abel Hutt was excited about seeing his art in the gallery.

“Painting’s fun,” he said. “I like art. The sheep is my favourite.”

An opening reception is being held tonight from 6 to 7 p.m.

The art will remain on display, in the MacLellan Moffatt Financial Art Gallery, until the end of June. Paintings are $15 each.

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