Every spring the Winnipeg Art Gallery celebrates the talents of the young students in its studio programs by displaying their work in an exhibit called Through the Eyes of A Child. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Through the Eyes of A Child and the exhibit includes a timeline of art instruction history at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as well as video footage of some of the studio’s former students talking about their experiences in art classes. The most famous of these is Wanda Koop a Canadian artist of international renown. Her work Helicopter is included in this year’s display. My favorite piece in the Through the Eyes of the Child exhibit was this one about cats. Check out the cat shaped back drop, the cat lady in her chair surrounded by cats, all the framed portraits of cats on the wall, cats on the curtains, the cat headboard on the bed and the little litter box down in front. Delightful. Another display that caught my eye was one of famous structures around the world as envisioned by kids.
This year’s exhibit also features work by some of the talented instructors who have been part of the studio program. I was drawn to Jordan Sewell’s piece Ashley because it reminded of the buildings in the Exchange District where I live.
Through the Eyes of A Child runs till May 8.