Young artists notch up first exhibition

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 06:58 11/07/2014
louisa steven, jack younston, katie merrilees
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YOUNG TALENT: Budding artists, from left, Louisa Steven, 16, Jack Younston, 14, and Katie Merrilees, 16, are having their first art exhibition - displaying their works at the York St Gallery.

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Three young artists are kickstarting their artistic careers with their first exhibition.

Timaru teenagers Louisa Steven, Jack Youngson, and Katie Merrilees will be showing off their artwork at The York Street Gallery in the exhibition Three Point Turn.

As a new artist the hardest thing is getting your first show, art teacher Polly Rowe said, so for them to have the opportunity at such a young age was a big deal.

Craighead student Louisa, 16, was excited about having her first show.

"It's a really great opportunity to get my stuff out there and hopefully sell a few things."

She will have seven of her drawings on display, some of which took her up to six hours to complete.

Katie started working on her paintings at the end of last year. She gets her inspiration from birds from different artists, with the pastel colours influencing her art as well.

The 16-year-old has been taking art classes with Polly Rowe for four years and said she hopes to go into fine art or design in the future.

Polly teaches each of the three students.

The youngest of the group, Jack, 14, has been taking lessons with her since he was 5.

When he first came to classes, Polly said she initially turned him down because he was too young, but when she saw him doodling she noticed his natural talent.

She said she could see each of the students going places in the future with their artwork.

Three Point Turn opens tonight at The York Street Gallery and runs until July 17. The artwork will be for sale with prices starting at $45.

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- The Timaru Herald

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