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Grade 8 artist Caitlyn Hudson holds up her piece used for the Local Colour Art Group's fall show invitation alongside mentor Thora Barnett.

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Grade 8 artist Caitlyn Hudson holds up her piece used for the Local Colour Art Group's fall show invitation alongside mentor Thora Barnett. Photo Store

There’s enough art for all at the Elmwood–East Kildonan Active Living Centre.

The Local Colour Art Group is set to hold its fall show and sale from Nov. 1 to 3 at the centre at 180 Poplar Ave. The show will feature 38 artists exhibiting everything from paintings to photography to sculptures.

Though the club has approximately 100 members 18 and older, it has called upon the younger generation to help promote the show.

Elmwood High School student Caitlyn Hudson, who is in Grade 8, participates in the Elmwood Community Resource Centre’s YEAR (Youth in Elmwood Arts and Recreation) drop-in program Tuesdays through Saturdays. The art program runs for 12 to 17-year-olds.

On Wednesdays, Hudson operates under the tutelage of local artist Thora Barnett, who coordinates the invitations for the group’s shows.

"I usually use an artist from our group, and I usually use that (person’s work) as a backdrop for the invite," Barnett explained. "But I asked Caitlyn to do it this year, because I was drawing a blank, and she came up with a really nice backdrop for our invitation so we used it."

When asked to create the backdrop for the invitation, Hudson decided to take the show’s theme — Food for Thought — quite literally and painted a cornucopia of everyday items including several varieties of fruit and a carton of milk.

"(When I found out), I ran downstairs to tell my parents – I was crying," said the 13 year old, who has been involved with the program for nearly a year.

Though the piece has a watercolour feel to it, it’s actually acrylic paint on watercolour paper.

Hudson said she had the freedom to explore what she wanted to do with the invitation, which Barnett said is the entire point of the drop-in.

"I give them freedom in this art class," Barnett said. "I think that’s the most inspiring thing, for kids to be able to pick and choose what they want to do, and then I teach them the techniques. That’s what comes out of it."

The show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 1, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3. Admission is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for Winnipeg Harvest. Show organizer Elizabeth Delgatty said it’s not the only way the show will look to feed the hungry.

"Sixteen artists have donated a painting in the Food for Thought’theme to be raffled off for Winnipeg Harvest. All the money from the raffle will go to Winnipeg Harvest," Delgatty said.

There will be wine and cheese on the Friday night, as well as various demonstrations on Nov. 2 and 3.

For more information on the art group, visit http://www.localcolourart.ca, and for more information on the YEAR program, visit http://www.elmwoodcrc.com/youth-programs.

Local Colour welcomes new members for a $45 annual fee that includes a membership to the Elmwood-East Kildonan Active Living Centre.

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