Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Young artists from Kingston will be showcasing their work as part of the city’s first Artists in Business Youth Conference – Participant Art Show hosted by the Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s (KEDCO) Entrepreneurship Centre and Chameleon Nation. The goal of the conference and art show is to assist students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts sector understand what it would take for them to be a successful entrepreneur.

Students who attended the Artists in Business Youth Conference in January were invited to participate in the art show, which included a professional jurying experience, as well as the opportunity to win one of two $500. bursaries. “We’re hoping that this Conference will help inspire students to reach out and use the resources available in the local community to help them be successful in the arts. We know they have the passion and commitment to succeed, we just want to help prepare them with real life examples of what it takes and what you need to think about,” says Elizabeth Allen, Program Coordinator, KEDCO Entrepreneurship Centre.

The grand opening of the show will take place Friday, February 22, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Chameleon Nation (112 Princess Street) where the top two students’ artwork will be showcased. As described by Lorraine Pierce-Hull, “Here at Chameleon Nation we support both established and emerging artists - by giving artists an opportunity to exhibit while also sharing with the community the positive aspects of both types of artists. We got involved with the project to highlight emerging artists within the Kingston community…”

Joanna Duarte and Laura Cooney will each be receiving one of the two $500. bursaries and will be showcased at Chameleon Nation for two weeks starting February 22. Joanna Duarte is the bursary recipient for the high school category. She is a KCVI student who is interested in art as a form of expression. She is a talented abstract painter who uses acrylic, pencil and ink mediums. Laura Cooney is the bursary recipient for the post secondary category. She has past exhibition experience and is currently displaying work at the Union Gallery, Queen’s University. Using a combination of digital and silkscreen prints, Laura displays her creativity in eye catching pieces of varying sizes. The two student bursaries will be awarded at the opening.

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