Night Owls, by Naomi Harrison. Acrylic on canvas, 2022. This work and much more visual, performance and more art by 12- to 29-year-olds is exhibited at the qathet Art Centre until June 18.Abby Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published 11:26 Jun 01, 2022

By Abby Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

“I’ve been creating art since I was about six years old. When I was little my mom had done a lot of watercolour paintings, and I wanted to be like her,” says Naomi, whose work is featured in the show, Art of the True Self, at qathet Art Centre this month.

“I have three paintings at the show, two of them have themes of duality and polarization. I think that using light and dark colours is important because it reflects nature, the positives and negatives of life.”

Naomi spent two full days creating each piece for the art show.

“I use three medians for my artwork; acrylic, oil, and watercolour with pens. My piece ‘Night owls’ is made with acrylic paint.” 

Naomi says art is an important way for people to express themselves. 

“Art creates a sense of community, culture, and brings people together. There were some really awesome teachers and students from Brooks Secondary who helped do all the planning for this event, I am really thankful for them.”

qathet Art Centre invites all youth to come to the gallery Saturdays until June 18 for free art-making sessions, 1 to 4 pm. It’s one of several upcoming events at the gallery that invites participation. 

This event is sponsored in part by qathet Living magazine.

This item reprinted with permission from qathet Living, Powell River, British Columbia