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Artist encourages kids to explore their creativity – HubNow

by ahnationtalk on May 12, 2016220 Views

Quentin Syliboy’s voice is soft as he introduces himself to a Grade 2 class at Winding River Elementary School.

He doesn’t need a big booming voice to quiet down the students because the stack of paintings next to him does all the talking for him. Syliboy is a Mi’kmaq artist who has been painting for approximately the last three years.

As he holds up his first painting – a hummingbird – it’s greeted by oohs and ahhs from the students. It’s a reaction the shy artist still isn’t used to.

“I still struggle with it at times, to be honest,” said Syliboy, a resident of Indian Brook, which is a First Nations community just outside Shubenacadie. “Art can be very personal at times so it’s not always easy to put yourself out there.”

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