Talented Students from Over 100 High Schools display their Work at the 16th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show

Top Quote Student Art Show on display at Sherway Gardens until April 28, 2012. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2012 - Discover the artists of tomorrow at the 16th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show, sponsored by Sherway Gardens (Hwy 427 & the QEW) and featuring works of art from students from various high schools across Metro Toronto. The exhibit runs from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, April 28 in Sherway Square with a special Symposium on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00pm. For more information, call 416-621-1070 or visit www.sherwaygardens.ca or www.artsetobicoke.com.

    Over 100 high school students from schools across the Greater Toronto Area participate in the annual Smart Start Student Art Show which showcases their drawings, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, sculpture and photography. Arts Etobicoke organizes the show with the support of the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The annual show is open to students from across Metro Toronto, giving students from grades 9 to 12 the opportunity to participate in a non-juried public exhibition.

    The arts play a vital role in helping young people reach their full potential. The Arts Symposium Event on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00pm gives students and teachers a chance to participate in a mini conference with critiques/workshops led by professional artists and discussion groups led by teen and professional artists. Following the conference, attendees and their parents are invited to a reception hosted by Arts Etobicoke.

    During the show, visit the Smart Start Learning Centre area and observe and engage with art in new and different ways while learning about the creative process with the quick tips printed guide and participate in interactive activities including the People's Choice Awards, a fun art appreciation exercise designed to give students positive feedback about their artwork. Open to students, teachers and the public.

    New to the Learning Centre is a FREE Creativity Workshop for Seniors on Tuesday, April 24, 10am-11:30am in Sherway Square. Led by professional arts educator Angel Beyde, participants will engage directly with the students' art work to revamp their creative spark by drawing on paper, writing or reciting a short piece. No previous art experience is necessary.

    Mercedes-Benz Financial Services continues to partner with the Student Art Show, providing support for the enhancements to the show as well as the support of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services volunteer team.

    Each participant will receive a package including a complimentary Arts Etobicoke membership, an exhibition catalogue and a gift from Woolfitt's Arts Enterprises. All participating schools will receive a scholarship to enrich arts education departments and programs, supported by the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber.

    2012 SMART START Student Art Show Participating Schools
    Bishop Allen Academy - Etobicoke
    Central Etobicoke High School - Etobicoke
    Central Technical School - Toronto
    Earl Haig Secondary School - North York
    Eastdale Collegiate Institute - Toronto
    Emery Collegiate Institute - North York
    Etobicoke School of the Arts - Etobicoke
    Lakeshore Collegiate Institute - Etobicoke
    Leaside High School - Toronto
    Martingrove Collegiate Institute - Etobicoke
    Northview Heights Secondary School - North York
    Notre Dame High School - North York
    Parkdale Collegiate Institute - Parkdale
    Rosedale Heights School of the Arts - Rosedale
    Runnymede Collegiate Institute - York
    St. Patrick's Secondary School - Toronto
    Silverthorn Collegiate Institute - Etobicoke
    Western Technical and Commercial School - Toronto
    Weston Collegiate Institute - Toronto

    About Arts Etobicoke:

    Established in 1973, Arts Etobicoke is a not-for-profit membership-based organization with a mission to engage the people of West Toronto with the arts and artists in their own community. Arts Etobicoke's Storefront Gallery location resides within historic Islington Village, located on Dundas Street West between Islington and Kipling Avenues. It is an arts service organization that serves a membership of 59 community-based arts organizations from all arts disciplines & 200 individual members; 16 youth Scholarship recipients, dozens of community volunteers & more than 60 artists and clients in the Art Rental service; thousands of students in its Arts Education programs and numerous community partner organizations including the Toronto District School Board, University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships, Milkweed Collective and more.

    Through its unique position in West Toronto, Arts Etobicoke serves the community through involvement in local artistic activities that are affordable, accessible, inclusive, multicultural and multigenerational: AMPLIFY!, a new art & design program for homeless youth at Youth Without Shelter; urbanNOISE, an urban arts training program & Festival for at-risk youth in Rexdale, co-presented with Expect Theatre; From 3 to 3, a literacy program based in North Etobicoke for children ages 3-8; Art on the Move, a unique mobile arts project, co-presented with Lakeshore Arts; This is My Neighbourhood and Exploring Creativity in Depth for elementary school children; Presidents' Legacy Scholarship Fund for secondary and post-secondary students; Art Rental and Sales service benefiting local artists and clients; a Storefront Gallery with a year-round exhibition schedule; The Art Alley Mural Project, with Amnesty International and City of Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand; free Saturday Storefront Art Classes for all ages & a new After-School Art Drop-In for children & youth.

    About Sherway Gardens:

    Sherway Gardens is owned by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, one of North America's largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. For more than 50 years Cadillac Fairview has been leading the way in commercial real estate with innovative design, development and management. Cadillac Fairview focuses on developing and managing high quality office properties and regional shopping centres in Canada and the United States, as well as international investments in real estate companies and investment funds. With a portfolio valued at more than $19 billion, Cadillac Fairview and its affiliates own and manage nearly 49 million square feet of leasable space at 87 properties across North America, including some of Canada's landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto Eaton Centre, Pacific Centre and Chinook Centre. Cadillac Fairview is wholly-owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which invests to secure the retirement income of 295,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario.

    Sherway Gardens is a leading fashion shopping destination. Officially opened in 1971, the centre covers 972,540 square feet of leasable space, has 205 shops and services, and is be home to many influential retailers such as Apple, Michael Kors, The LEGO Store, Coach, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister. Current anchors include Sears, The Bay, Holt Renfrew and Sporting Life. Sherway Gardens is a winner of numerous awards for excellence in Marketing and Operations, including several Maple Leaf Awards from the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC). It attracts 12 million visitors annually. For more information please visit www.sherwaygardens.ca.
    For further information contact:

    Peter Ashworth/Ashley Lloyd; Ashworth Associates Inc.; 416-603-6005;
    peter ( @ ) ashworthassociates dot com / ashley ( @ ) ashworthassociates dot com

    Lisa Resnic; Senior Marketing Director; Sherway Gardens; 416-621-1071;
    lisa.resnic ( @ ) cadillacfairview dot com

    Ruth Cumberbatch; Fundraising and Communications Manager, Arts Etobicoke; 416-621-3378
    ruth ( @ ) artsetobicoke dot com

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