Castlegar youth will have a chance to showcase their talents at art event next week.

Youth talent to shine at Castlegar show

The youth of Castlegar will have an opportunity to showcase their talents at the Second Annual Youth Arts and Talent event next week.

The youth of Castlegar will have a fabulous opportunity to showcase their talents at the Second Annual Youth Arts and Talent event next week. The two-day event is put on by the Castlegar and District Community Services Society Youth Program with major funding partners Columbia Basin Trust and the Vancouver Foundation.

A youth art show will be held on Saturday, June 18 at the Castlegar Community Complex. The show will be in the Selkirk Room and the patio from 12-4 p.m.

Youth aged 12-19 can submit photography, visual arts and mixed media pieces. Applications will be accepted until the spaces fill up. Kyle Burk, Matty Hillman and Loretta Davidson will be judging the event.

Entries have already been submitted not just from Castlegar, but from throughout the area. “They are very creative kids,” said organizer Zoe MacKay.

Guest artist Rosemary Manarin will be displaying paintings inspired by her trips with Habitat for Humanity and sharing information about the group. Another bonus will be interactive hands-on art projects for guests of all ages to try out.

The second event will be a performance art show and festival Sunday, June 19 at Millennium Park 12-9 p.m. Entry will be by donation to the action packed event.

Youth can enter song, dance, music, lip syncing, poetry reading and live theater skit performances among others. Applications can be found at Castlegar and District Community Services or on the website, at Stanley Humphries Secondary School and at Supercat Studios.

“There is a big range of performance talent, everything from singing solos, reading poetry to doing skits,” said MacKay of the talent line up.

The youth performances will take place between 1 and 4 p.m. President of the Nelson Arts Council Sydney Black, Christina Amelio and Loretta Davidson will be judging the event.

In addition to the youth performances the event will also feature artisan and food vendors, henna tattoos, face painting, large interactive live canvases for visitors to paint with mural supplies, kids games and door prizes.

Endless Adventures will be offering paddle board and kayak demos by donation in the Millennium Ponds between 12-4 p.m.

Supercat Studios will be providing DJ music during breaks and after the youth show is over, more entertainment is in store. Local musicians Christina Amelio and Reiss Ziben will each be performing in the evening between 6 and 8 p.m. The final entertainment of the day will take place at 8:30 p.m. and will feature two fantastic fire dancers.

Contact Zoe Mackay at, or at 250-365-2104, ext. 33 for more information.

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