Unmasked: A youth art exhibition presented by the MacLaren Art Centre

Part of the W-Edge program

The Maclaren Art Centre is proudly presenting Unmasked: a series of artworks from local youth exploring self-reflection through self-portraits.

In the fall of 2020, regional artist and art therapist Lisa Nackan, led youth in a series of creative virtual workshops. These youth explored a variety of expressive arts techniques in a playful and meaningful way—such as drawing themselves as an animal and thinking about the qualities and energies an animal might represent. Youth also drew mandalas, represented themselves as an emoji, created their own personal coat of arms and used a variety of collage techniques that focused on identity. The self-portrait painting activity was open to interpretation in whatever way felt most comfortable, which enabled the kind of expression that was presented. The aim was to create an expressive artwork that represented of “the self” and how we find ourselves in these Covid times.



W-Edge is a free drop-in studio program for youth ages 14 to 18, Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Led by practicing artists, this program takes place virtually via Zoom or in-person in the MacLaren’s Rotary Education Centre. Materials are provided. Newcomers are always welcome!

You can head over to the website right now and check out the amazing work being done by our areas (seriously talented) up and coming artists like Sara Heck, Evelyn Larice, Hunter Northcott, Reid Nourse, Victoria Brown Matthews, Chloe Roughsedge and instructor Lisa Nackan.