The ‘Elements of Bowen’ youth art exhibit is underway


The theme “Bowen’s Elements” was chosen to be inspirational, and the young people really responded to the theme in so many creative ways! From observing Bowen’s little details, Bowen’s salamanders and frogs, to recognizable landscapes, sunrises and favorite landscapes, such as Cape Town, the football pitch, mountains and the sea, to watching the Bowen Island from Outer Space! Young people explored beauty, social commentary and what it means to feel connected to Bowen Island.

This art project is an inclusive opportunity for youth to connect visually with the community and includes the participation of youth from preschool through grade 12, and all educational backgrounds on the island are represented, truly reflecting the many facets of our community. There is also a painting of Oscar, the Bowen Island Community School (BICS) library dog, titled ‘Everything Green’. (Oscar is a puppet, but don’t tell him that!)

The Elements of Bowen exhibit is a youth service project, with young people generously donating their artwork to the project to help make the community even better. Funds raised from sales proceeds will be reinvested in the community in a variety of ways, including improving play opportunities at the BICS Playground, which is open to the community outside of school hours.

We would like to thank all the young people who participated in the exhibition and congratulate them for taking the first steps in community involvement and volunteerism. So much happens on this island because of our volunteers, and this art exhibit is a celebration of how young people care about their community.

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This art project has taken place roughly every three years since 2014 and is a BICS CSA (Bowen Island Community School Association) and PAC (Parent Advisory Council) event, with the generous support of The Hearth, Opus Art Supplies and volunteers from the community.

You are invited to come and visit the exhibition and sale from April 14 to May 1, 2022. Bidding starts at $25 and the silent auction is a fundraiser that will reinvest the funds in the community and the community school.

The works will be for sale by silent auction at the Hearth for the CSA (Community School Association) as well as online at (visit the Gallery for online codes etc.) will include art cards, prints, bags and notebooks with the artwork on them, and will be available for sale online through the PAC (Parent Advisory Council) Card Project portion of the fundraiser.

There are around 200 works of art in the exhibition, and the creativity of young people is truly amazing and inspiring!

Thank you all for participating and thank you to the community for taking the time to visit the exhibition in person or online.


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