Legacy art project involved over 150 students

One of the highlights of the grand opening of Sylvan Lake’s new town hall will be unveiling of the Centennial legacy art project

One of the highlights of the grand opening of Sylvan Lake’s new town hall will be unveiling of the Centennial legacy art project which features the ideas and talents of more than 150 Grade 7 students.

Those students are also immortalized in the artwork. Their signatures appear in the sand which forms the bottom of the masterpiece.

Kathy Inglis, one of the Centennial committee members working on the project, said the central image is of parents in old fashioned bathing suits looking at youngsters in current day suits on a background of water and waves. Then the students’ artwork is presented in 10 clusters of different subjects. While not all submissions were used in the collage, each and every one is represented in binders which will be on display at the town office, schools, archives and library.

“It’s been interesting on many fronts,” said Inglis of the project. “Metro Graphic Design Group has been awesome to deal with.” The company was chosen with assistance of three local artists after the town’s Centennial committee called for proposals twice.

While she said they haven’t seen the finished artwork, they have an idea what it’s going to look like. A team of four people from Metro Graphic is arriving in town tomorrow (Friday) to assemble the finished project.

Students from Sylvan Meadows Adventist School, Lighthouse Christian Academy, École Fox Run School and École Mother Teresa Catholic School as well as home schooled students all submitted artwork and poetic writing for the project.

“This is a cool and unique opportunity you have to put your imprint on Sylvan Lake for the next 100 or 200 years,” said École Fox Run School vice principal Darren Pickering when students were first introduced to the project last December.

At that presentation Doug Driediger of Metro Design, told students the finished work will tell a story about Sylvan Lake. He also guided them on a journey to learn mind mapping and how to create their contribution for the project.

The grand opening of the town’s municipal government building will take place from 4-7 p.m. next Wednesday (Sept. 25) with an official ceremony at 5 p.m.

Inglis added the deadline for submissions to the “Remembering Sylvan Lake 100th Centennial Art Contest” is next Monday (Sept. 23). There are two categories — high school and middle school — for creation of two dimensional mediums in colour or black and white. “Help us remember people, events, buildings and landmarks from our history”, encouraged a poster circulated to teachers and youth leaders outlining the contest.