Encouraging young artists

Heather Killen
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BRHS student art contest winners announced

The winners have been announced for Bridgetown Regional High School student art contest.

Branden Wilkens is the first place winner, while Cristina Quirant and Gabby Shaw are second and third place winners. There were a total of 10 entries in the contest and they will be on display and for sale at Low Tide Gallery through the coming weeks.

Steve Skafte, of Low Tide Gallery in Bridgetown, said he is pleased at the results and wants to possibly expand the contest next year to include schools in Middleton and Annapolis Royal.

“The response was good,” he said. “The kids seemed shy for the most part, but pretty eager for the opportunity.”

Skafte said he wanted to create the art contest as a way of encouraging students to explore their creativity and bring their art to the gallery.  The contest was open to all BRHS students and judging took place on Dec. 14.

Local businesses have been very supportive of the idea, according to Skafte. The businesses donated the cash prizes that are redeemable for any art on display at Low Tide.

“It’s a win-win chance for artists to sell their work and students to own a work of art,” he said.  “The cash proceeds of the prizes will go directly to the artist.”

He added that he hopes the contest will encourage students to become more comfortable expressing themselves.  

To see the entries, visit the Low Tide Gallery at 4 Queen St. in Bridgetown, or find them on Facebook.

Organizations: Bridgetown Regional High School, Middleton and Annapolis Royal

Geographic location: Bridgetown

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