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'Elements of Bowen' sparks creativity at the Hearth Gallery

The youth art exhibition is on at the Hearth Gallery until May 1

The theme ‘Elements of Bowen’ was chosen to be inspirational, and youth really responded to the theme in many creative ways! From looking at the small details of Bowen, the salamanders and frogs of Bowen, to landscapes, sunrises and recognizable favourite landscapes, such as the Cape, the soccer field and the mountains and sea, all the way to looking back at Bowen Island from outer space!  The youth have explored beauty, social commentary and what it means to feel connected to Bowen Island.  

This art project is an inclusive opportunity for youth to visually communicate with the community and includes participation by youth from preschool to Grade 12, and all education paths on the island are represented, truly reflecting the many facets of our community. There is also a painting by Oscar, the Bowen Island Community School (BICS) Library dog, called ‘Everything Green’. (Oscar is a puppet, but don’t tell him that!)

The Elements of Bowen exhibit is a youth service project, with the youth generously donating their artworks to the project to help make the community even better. Funds raised from the proceeds of the sales will be reinvested into the community through a variety of ways, including improving play opportunities at the BICS playground, which is open for community outside of school time.

We would like to thank all the youth who participated in the exhibit, and applaud them in taking early steps in community participation and volunteering. So many things on this island happen because of our volunteers, and this art show is a celebration of how youth care about their community. 

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This art project has been held as roughly tri-annual event since 2014, and is a BICS CSA (Bowen Island Community School Association) and PAC (Parent Advisory Council) event, with generous support from The Hearth, Opus Art Supplies and community volunteers.  

You are invited to come visit the exhibition and sale from April 14 to May 1, 2022. Bids start at $25, and the silent auction is a fundraiser that will reinvest the funds back into the community and the community school.  

The artworks will be for sale by silent auction at the Hearth for the CSA (Community School Association) as well as online at (visit the Gallery to get the online codes, etc.) Online print-on-demand sales will include art cards, prints, bags, and notebooks with the artworks on them, and will be available for sale online by the PAC (Parent Advisory Council) Card Project portion of the fundraiser. 

There’s around 200 artworks at the exhibit, and the youth creativity is truly amazing and inspiring! 

Thank you to everyone for participating, and thank you to the community for taking the time to visit the exhibit in person, or online. 

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