Collaborative effort helps St. Augustine CHS place 1st at Markham Fall Fair art competition

Visual arts students from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Markham claimed the first place prize at the Markham Fair’s First Annual High School Art Competition. The prize was a $1,000 cheque donation to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation on behalf of the school.

Fairgoers voted from October 2 – 5, 2014 and the St. Augustine CHS installation received the more votes than any other local high school in the competition.

The artwork is a collaborative piece that, “celebrates all the good things in life.” Inspiration for the installation came from Canadian artist, Norval Morrisseau. The school’s Grade 11 photography classes then created photomontages in the theme of the “good things in life.” Students in the school’s Functional Life Skills creative art classes and the school’s Art Council Members also contributed to the piece that includes over 50 large and small ‘pillars’ that surround a central sculpture of a person in prayer, representing “life” and the “good things” that come with it.

Thank you to the following individuals who helped support the project: Ms. Fabroa, Ms. Pagliaro, Ms. McFadden, Mr. Lefaive, Mr. Tucci, Mr. McDonald, Ms. McMahon, Ms. Park, Mr. Fung, Mr. Goulet and Ms. Rubino.

The winning artwork is currently on display at the Catholic EducationCentre in Aurora. The installation will be moved to the Markham Stouffville Hospital for exhibition later in the fall.