‘Lux’ Photography: A Show in the Spotlight
The Fine Arts Program is a huge component of Brentwood’s tripartite system, frequently featured in local newspapers, and known as the cultural hub of the Brentwood bubble. Art provides an imaginative venue for Brentwood students to express themselves. As a triumvir member, Art represents a major pillar for both student achievement and creativity within the school, a fact which obviously led to the development of the new Centre for Art and Humanities.
The successes of visual artists, sculptors and potters can be seen along the halls of the new building, but there is another studio which will benefit from these new facilities - the Brentwood Photography program.
Copies of the best student photographs were mounted on the walls of the Centre for Art and Humanities for its opening, but last weekend, the photos branched out from their original homes on campus, and were displayed in another gallery on the Island. Third year photography students, in both traditional and digital mediums, showcased their artwork in Fletcherfoto Gallery on the 27th of May in Duncan. For seven Grade 12 students, the afternoon was a networking and exposure endeavor within the local arts community.
It was also a photography sale.
The seven student participants, Jackie, Alia, Parker, Sophie, Claire, Rosalind, and I prepared for months for this event: shooting, editing, and burning an array of diverse and personal photographs. On top of already full academic course loads, sports practices, and other arts commitments, we ‘Group of Photography Seven’ were also tasked with specific jobs for the show ranging from ‘Show Coordinator’ to ‘Venue Reception’ to ‘Entertainment Coordinator’ to ‘Frame Specialist’.
On Sunday, every bit of preparation fell into place - students and members of the general public were invited to the grand opening of Lux. As most student commitments had already been fulfilled by this time (AP exams, provincial sporting events, Midterm Break, etc.), the ambience of the gallery was one of both serenity and excitement - an apparent paradox, but it was serene for the onlookers...and nerve-wracking/exciting for the students. We arrived at noon in order to finalize minor details for the show’s opening at two, then departed from the gallery at four. Within those four hours, members of the Duncan community filtered through the doors in surprising numbers: eight photographs were sold, and 3 plates of food were completely demolished.
That is an obvious display of success.
The entire setup took hours of hard work, dedication, and commitment to complete; everyone had to cooperate within a team-oriented atmosphere while also fighting against the confines of a deadline. The show provided the opportunity to forage through a new experience, and allowed us all to get to know some of our arts class peers a little bit better. For those planning to be artists after graduation, I’m sure this first foray was invaluable. For the rest of us, it was insightful, to say the least, to understand the amount of work necessary to put together such a show.
But the cash at the end of the day was completely worth it...alongside the pride, of course, in knowing that outside of the Brentwood campus, where we will all be in a matter of weeks, successes can be found.