Eh-nyaw Paw gets her picture taken in front of a paper mache and wire sculpture by KSS students Jessica and Shylo called Totem. It was one of many pieces on display at the Premiere Performance in 2017. This year’s feature of Kwalikum arts students takes place Wednesday, April 25. — Adam Kveton Photo

Kwalikum students’ artistry featured April 25

The 24th annual Premiere Performance coming to Qualicum Beach Civic Centre

There will be lots to see, hear and enjoy at the 24th annual Premiere Performance at Qualicum Beach Civic Centre on Wednesday, April 25.

The artistic abilities of Kwalikum Secondary School students will once again be on display at the event which raises money to support art, music and drama students.

Hosted by the KSS Fine Arts Society, the event will feature visual art displays, including photography, ceramic and sculpture pieces, drawings, paintings and more.

The music department will be putting on a performance, as well as the drama department.

“It’s a great night to celebrate our student artists/performers and showcase some of the amazing artistic talent we have at KSS,” said the school’s principal, Lori Marshall.

Ian Lindsay, founder of the event and chairman of the KSS Fine Arts Society, kicked it all off to give locals an idea of the quality of students’ artistic ability and the education they received.

At the time, fine arts funding was starting to be cut back, he said.

“We wanted to make sure that the community understood the importance and value of having (these arts programs).”

To show the community what it might be losing, Lindsay and others organized the Premiere Performance.

Soon, attendees began leaving donations, which are now collected by the KSS Fine Arts Society to give out to arts students so they can participate in more arts programs and broaden their knowledge, bring in performers and teachers to the school, support student trips and more.

People can also make specific donations for particular programs or opportunities, said Lindsay.

This year’s event takes place Wednesday, April 25 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, with exhibits opening at 6:45 p.m. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $10, and tickets will be available at Mulberry Bush Bookstore in Qualicum Beach or through the show’s sponsors: RBC Cathie Kanani, Mid Isle vet, Wayfare Insurance, Pharmasave in Qualicum Beach, the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach and Qualicum Beach Inn, said Lindsay.

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