SCUGOG: Local artist Jasmine Rutschmann’s love affair with metal art work began in her father Rob’s shop during her first year in high school.
The 18-year-old Port Perry native was looking for an original idea for her final art project and saw an opportunity.
“My dad owns Rahm industries, so I had all the equipment I needed in the shop,”Rutschmann said. “I had seen my dad’s friend doing something in the shop, so naturally I went out to him and he helped me out with the piece and I got 100 per cent on it.”
Since then, she has begun work on a new project; creating a gallery that will allow young artists such as herself a chance to show off and sell their work.
Jasmine noticed the hard way that there was a need in the community for what she hopes to call The Golden Gallery. Rutschmann applied to have some of her metalwork shown at an established gallery in January, but was rejected because she was too young and was not established.
“I really was disappointed because I knew my artwork was good enough to be put in it and the reasons they gave me for why they wouldn’t put my stuff in their gallery did not make sense to me,” she said. ”So then I started thinking ‘how many other young artists felt the same way I did because they are unestablished? and ‘how do you become established to be able to get into a gallery?”
Looking back however, she wouldn’t change a thing about her experience, because it proved to be the catalyst for her latest project.
“If I could go back and thank them I would because if they hadn’t have, would I have thought of my idea to help other artists? I don’t think so,” Rutschmann said.
She was referred to the Brock Youth Centre by her Business leadership teacher Alan Bailey, after she showed him some examples of her artwork. He says she has grown a lot through the experience of creating the gallery, and bringing her vision to life.
“I’m very impressed with Jasmine’s vision as well as her motivation,” Mr. Bailey told The Standard. “She thinks big and she thinks long term. She also always has time to spend with other people and share the goals that she is trying to accomplish.”
Through the youth centre, she was able to enter and win a business pitch competition, which gave her $1,250 towards her gallery.
Jasmine feels that she is doing this more for the niche market of young artists than for herself.
“I know there are so many other young artists in the community that don’t have a place to put their work and I’m filling a need with them,” she said. ”The thing with young artists is their possibilities are endless, you don’t know where they’re going to go.”
Jasmine is not finished innovating yet. She also hopes to create an association for young artists in the community.
She wants to have her gallery ready to open by early May. Currently eight artists have signed up to have their works shown at the grand opening and Rutschmann is still looking for more. Young artists interested in joining the association and displaying their work at an upcoming show can contact Jasmine at Jasmine_Rutschmann@ hotmail.com or by phone at 905-431-9038.