Exhibition Displays Young Talent

On the evening of March 15, a small crowd of nearly 30 moved throughout The Khyber Institute to view artwork crafted by young artists who have volunteered their time and talent towards Halifax’s vibrant arts scene.

By Siobhan Reid

On the evening of March 15, a small crowd of nearly 30 people moved throughout The Khyber Institute to view artwork crafted by young artists, who have volunteered their time and talent towards Halifax’s arts scene.

As described in the night’s program, The Annual Khyber Members Exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate “this grand building we call our Hive— our space to explore and define what it means to be a member of an Artist Run Centre.”

From paintings to poetry, sculptures to prints, the walls of the main viewing space were a colorful collage of Halifax’s upcoming talent.

“The Khyber gives the opportunity for students and younger artists to get shown, something that isn’t easy, especially in today’s competitive art world,” said Ezra Lipton, a Halifax student who stopped by the gallery to show his support. “Its a community-based project that has a different business model than a lot of art galleries.”

For Alfonso Bustamante a second year NSCAD, it was a great opportunity to have his art on display. His piece of art, a black and white print, took more than 15 hours to complete. He says the event was a great opportunity to invite friends and fellow art students to come and support his passion.

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Charlotte Van Ryn gives her impression of the Hive.

“For me its good. It’s the first time I’ve had my art exhibited in a show. It’s a piece that I’m really proud of.”

Bustamante recognizes the importance of getting exposure in a gallery setting, saying that “the whole point of this is to push and help young emerging artists get shows, get things on their CV’s.”

“I think the exposure is really important,” said Charlotte Van Ryn, a King’s student who is active in Halifax’s art community, “but I also think that it is important for a student to chat with the people who are looking at it, get opinions …I think it’s the only way to grow as an artist and you know, become accomplished.”

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Exhibit runs until April 5. For more information visit Khyber Institute’s website.