With Hamilton quickly becoming the perfect canvas for any artist, secondary students across the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board have taken full advantage.
Using Art Crawl as its backdrop, a monthly event that invites local artists to display their works along downtown's James Street North, Brushes in the Hammer is an annual visual arts exhibit that showcases the artistic talents of students across the system.
Situated in the heart of the downtown core at the Vasco de Gama Soccer Club, the free exhibit is an extension of the art scene already celebrated within Hamilton.
“Sometimes it’s hard to showcase artwork in the school, except maybe in the library or showcases,” said Cardinal Newman Teacher Margaret Janeczko.
“This exhibit is a way to get our students out there in the community and share their talents,” added Bishop Tonnos Department Head Arts Alan Barnard.
This year, roughly 140 pieces of art were highlighted from students in grades 9 to 12 for the 5th annual showcase on June 7 and 8.
“Art is the heart and soul of the school,” said Cathedral Department Head Arts Maureen Sweeney.
But as far as Hamilton goes, art is the heart and soul of the city.