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Canada Games inspire student mural to be unveiled at Art Gallery on February 15

February 3, 2011—HALIFAX, NS—A 15’ mural created by students at Maitland District School in East Hants will be unveiled at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Tuesday, February 15 at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend the event.

The artwork, Sportsland: Echoes of the Past, Sense of the Present, Thoughts of the Future, is part of the Gallery’s programming around the Halifax 2011 Canada Games.

Accomplished Maitland artist Anthony Kawalski led the 31 students in grades primary to six—the entire student body—through the project, which was commissioned by the Gallery through Kawalski. The driving force behind the initiative was to have students produce an artwork for display that was specific to the Winter Games, sport, and healthy living.

An additional aspect of the mural project involved having the grade three to six students write about the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle and what this meant to them. Some of the students will read their pieces at the February 15 unveiling.

The mural is presented in three separate but seamless segments. The “Past” depicts traditional winter sports like snowshoeing, the “Present” shows the current day sports shed at the school, while the “Future” portrays scenes involving jet propelled ski lifts and interactive video sports equipment.

Sportsland will remain on view at the Gallery until April 17, 2011.

Following its Halifax run, the mural may travel to different venues for display by other groups. It will then return to its permanent home at Maitland District School.

This project was made possible through ArtReach, an educational partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. ArtReach supports opportunities to work with, exhibit, and celebrate student art across the province and establishes connections to the arts in our schools.

In addition to special art installations like Sportsland, the Gallery is offering art classes for children ages 4 to 12 as well as open art studios and drop-in sketching programming during the two-weeks that the Winter Games are in Halifax.

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For information contact:
Kris Webster | ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Coordinator
902 424 6651

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