Creative Sparks students Holly Wilson, Tessa Bamford, Melissa Watson, Meg Wilson, Ruby Peacock with tutor and manager Vicky Peacock

Children and adults exhibit

by Ann van Engelen

Students from Creative Sparks in Darfield have joined together to exhibit at the Selwyn Gallery from August 9 until August 29.

“The opening of the exhibition was a great success. The gallery was packed with students, proud parents, grandparents and friends. Some children were thrilled with sales on the night,” says Creative Sparks manager Vicky Peacock.

“Our music students performed brilliantly in front of more than 60 people, and I am grateful that they have been offered such an amazing opportunity.

Exhibiting gives people confidence, and we have worked on a couple of collaborative projects together. One is the Dot Tree, which was inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H Reynolds. Every dot representing each individual of the studio and how they are special in their own way. The tree represents growth and collaboration.

“We share facilities with TM Dance World and are fully equipped with quality art equipment. Our eldest art student is in their 70s. We teach children at our Monday and Thursday after school classes while our adult classes are on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings.

“I enjoy seeing students have their individual spin on each piece of work and encourage this as I don’t want to see exactly the same picture — I want individual personalities to come through.”