Off Course: Norfolk Secondary Teachers l Students Visual Art Exhibition
February 8 – March 23, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Norfolk Arts Centre, 21 Lynnwood Ave., Simcoe N3Y 2V7
(519) 428-0540


Organized by the Norfolk Arts Centre, the exhibition Off Course opens February 8th and continues through March 23rd and features visual art from Norfolk County Secondary School educators and youth. A selection of over eighty student art works from senior art classes hangs in the upper gallery. Capturing what makes young people in Norfolk County unique and creative, the exhibition includes art created in media and styles as diverse as the young artists themselves. Whether it concerns their friends, family, community, work, study, hobbies, sport, music, or a combination of these things, the art works on view reflect the youth artists’ imaginations and their realities.

As part of the Norfolk Arts Centre’s educational mandate, the exhibition was developed to showcase the exceptional artistic talent of the youth of Norfolk County. The exhibition carries on the Art Centre’s tradition of celebrating the broad diversity of art and artists within its community by presenting new discoveries each year. All of the youth artists attend regional high schools, including Delhi District Secondary, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Simcoe Composite Secondary School and Valley Heights Secondary School.

In the main gallery, a companion exhibition of Norfolk Secondary educators and artists who have advised and encouraged the teens throughout their studies, offers a complimentary view of mentors who also explore creative activities beyond the classroom through parallel practices. Participating educators include Arjan Lamers, Jeannette deMontfort, Eve Yantha (Simcoe Composite Secondary), Ian Fitzgerald and Rosalie MacNeill (Holy Trinity Secondary School), Nancy Haggith, Ian Kutz and Jim Hammond (Valley Heights Secondary), Shirley Posthumus Hokke (Waterford District Secondary)

“It’s really impressive to me that, even after all these years of teaching, with the influx of new students and the changes in the arts curriculum, everything feels new and fresh with the current senior art classes,” states Jeannette deMontfort, visual arts teacher from Simcoe Composite School.

The Norfolk Arts Centre creates a dynamic bridge that connects and informs shared arts and culture events, exhibitions, and learning opportunities between schools and the wider community.

A public reception for the exhibitions will be held on Friday, February 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.


For more information contact:

Deirdre Chisholm
Norfolk Arts Centre
21 Lynnwood Ave.
Simcoe ON N3Y 2V7
(519) 428-0540


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