Great Southern 3-D art group Viewpoint offers diverse exhibition

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Viewpoint member Nadja Roelofs.
Camera IconViewpoint member Nadja Roelofs. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Three-dimensional art exploring a theme of “interconnected” is on show at a new exhibition at Vancouver Arts Centre.

Contemporary 3-D art group Viewpoint is hosting an exhibition in the main gallery of the VAC with work from group members and Albany high school students.

The exhibition opened on December 3 with the Lorraine Harrison 3-D Youth Prize announced at the launch.

Viewpoint member and artist Nadja Roelofs said it was a “significant” showcase for the Great Southern youth.

“It’s a great opportunity for the young people to have a platform to just display anything because we don’t have any 3-D art exhibitions at all for kids really,” she said.

"The Red String Of Faith" won first prize for Kia Joy Fuentebella.
Camera Icon"The Red String Of Faith" won first prize for Kia Joy Fuentebella. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Ms Roelofs said it was a way for students to “experiment and explore” by interpreting the theme and creating pieces that were part of their art curriculum.

“You’ll see going through the works and artist statements on display that people interpret it so differently,” Ms Roelofs said.

“The youth really looked at the environment, some are quite dark with the seriousness of what we are doing to the planet and their concern about the future was stronger in the youth than adults.”

Kia Joy Fuentebella took out top prize of $500 donated by Mike Noakes from Phoenix Painting and Decorating.

Her ceramic sculpture titled The Red String Of Fate represented the interconnection of death and life between two soulmates.

Talarah Pedrocchi Roelofs' "Give It To Me Straight Like A Pear Cider That's Made Of 100% Pears".
Camera IconTalarah Pedrocchi Roelofs' "Give It To Me Straight Like A Pear Cider That's Made Of 100% Pears". Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Second prize of $250 was awarded to Alina de Vos for her sculpture that showed the connections between captivity and freedom.

Talarah Pedrocchi Roelofs was highly commended for her clay sculpture depicting a man’s face.

The works were judged by local artists Annette Davis and Barbara Madden.

Part of the exhibition at Vancouver Arts Centre.
Camera IconPart of the exhibition at Vancouver Arts Centre. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Leah Mannes' piece "Charred."
Camera IconLeah Mannes' piece "Charred." Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The youth prize was named after Lorraine Harrison, who was made a life member of Viewpoint in 2016 for her dedication and passion in promoting 3-D artists.

Viewpoint held its first exhibition in November 1988.

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