Young high school-aged artists will have their own chance to show off their talents over a period of about four weeks at the Vault Cultural Collective.

The High School Art Show will take place from January 31 to February 25.

Carolyn Steeves, Chair of the Vault Cultural Collective explains that it is the organizations’ first show/exhibit.

She noted that they reached out to both Strathmore High School and Holy Cross Collegiate.

After speaking with both art teachers of each school she said, “Both of them were enthusiastic and wanted to take part and so we decided on dates and we kind of got all the nuts and bolts figured out.”

The show will feature 10 students from each school.

“We're looking at probably about 30 to 40 pieces of art. There is going to be acrylic, watercolour, pottery, some digital art, and some pencil art,” she said. “The exhibit will be totally free and this is one of the things that the vaults that has envisioned for itself. Currently, we are six nonprofit organizations that have come together to be the Vault Collective and we have some other organizations that are looking to join us, but we want to be a one-stop shop for arts and culture in our area,” said Steeves.

The art show is a good event to attend during the pandemic.

Steeves says, “We thought we would be able to do an art show because people can come and go.” Students, their families, and their teachers will be invited to a private pre-launch event on the Saturday before the public launch of the show on January 31.

“We hope that the community will come and cheer on and celebrate these young emerging artists in our community,” said Steeves.

The Vault is not operating under the REP (Restrictions Exemption Program) program. Steeves says the facility is operating at 1/3 capacity with masking and social distancing.

“We do have hand sanitizer and masks available at the shop if people need them when they come and they forget them at home. We're pretty open to the public in coming and going, as long as we stay within those protocols,” she said.

The High school Art Show will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.