"Art is an illusion. Artists are illusionists. Their job is to lie. To convince the viewer that what they are seeing is believable and true," says Ryan Polinsky, the art teacher at Steinbach Christian High School. Ryan was one of three special guest speakers at the Exhibit Opening for "Inside Out" by SCHS Grade 11 and 12 students. Ryan was also the mastermind behind the exhibit - inspired by artist Ben Heine. The exhibit featured digitally altered photographs posing "what if" scenarios. Some took the road of satire and poked fun at certain topics or conventions. Some took the road of social commentary and created serious questions for the view to contemplate. The end result included everything from a volleyball turned bomb, Spiderman hanging off the side of a sky scraper, and a modern-looking young man grafted in to an old Country Western family photograph.
Frances Funk, Chairperson for the Steinbach Arts Council Board of Directors also brought greetings, as well as special guests Deputy Mayor Michael Zwaggstra and Christian High Interim Principal Scott Wiebe.
A big thanks to the Southeast Visual Arts Committee for helping make this event such a success, and to committee member Gary Holden emceeing the event. Also thanks to all the family, friends and teachers who came out to support our local students.
"Inside Out" will be on display in the Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery until March 22, 2013.

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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