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Students thrilled at art on gallery wall

Artists from here to Boston Bar have come together for this month's featured show at the Ranger Station Art Gallery.

At least 100 pieces are lining the walls and sitting on display at the lakeside venue.

And it's a collection that many families here won't want to miss.

Each piece was made by a student from School District 78, from Harrison Hot Springs all the way to Boston Bar. They are on display now, and the public is invited to visit the gallery and vote for their favourites.

Kent elementary teacher Trish Fushtey says they run the gamut from paintings, drawings and pastels, to sculptural items made of paper and plasticine.

"Oh, there's a real range," she says.

There's also a wide range of ages and abilities, she says. The youngest artists included are in kindergarten, and the show was open to students up to Grade 12.

The show helps to celebrate Arts and Culture Week, which runs April 10 to 16 this year. A similar show was held at the Ranger Station last year. Votes will be tallied in time for an artists reception on Sunday, April 17 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), where the winners will be announced.

"The art is all up now," Fushtey says. "The kids are always really happy to see their art up. I think they really get a thrill out of seeing their stuff on the walls."

The show is an initiative of the Kent-Harrison Arts Council, which Fushtey is involved in, and the Fraser-Cascade School District.

The Ranger Station is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It's located at 98 Rockwell Drive in Harrison Hot Springs.

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