Olivia Harrison

Olivia Harrison

Student art inspired by the Bible

This week is the last week to catch the February art show at the Station House Gallery which features art by children and youth in both the main and upper galleries.

This week is the last week to catch the February art show at the Station House Gallery which features art by children and youth in both the main and upper galleries.Olivia Harrison, 14, a Grade 9 student at Maranatha Christian School, is one of 26    young artists whose work is featured in the main gallery. She created her entry as a school art project in which students in Mrs. Moffat’s art class were required to develop an artist’s statement with their work.Olivia says her painting was inspired by a photograph of a little girl living in poverty that was taken by photographer Steve McCurry. The vibrant colours in the background reflect the little girl’s culture and the rough and smooth textures of the fabric indicate that she was born into poverty.The writing at the top of the painting shows that she can rise above her birth conditions with God’s help, Olivia says.Letters at top of the painting state: “Every word of God is flawless.He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5. A total of 59 pieces of art were submitted by 26 young artists throughout the community for the exhibition in the main gallery. The upstairs gallery is filled with art work created by children and youth who participated in the Station House Gallery’s art classes held last summer with artist/teacher Kathryn Steen.The work shown upstairs reflects some interesting lessons that Steen did with her students in watercolours, line drawing, collage, self-portraits, pastels, and other artistic techniques.