Kid’s Show to take place from March 9th to April 16th.

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child,” said world-renowned artist, Pablo Picasso. There’s certainly wisdom in those words; the artwork of a child is uniquely authentic, free from the constraints of revenue concerns, judgement, and expectations.It is boundless and open to any whim of the imagination, but unfortunately, it is often confined to a classroom or stuck behind a fridge magnet. At ROAM Gallery, between March 9th and April 16th, works by creative kids will be open to the public. Local artists ranging from toddlers to teens will be showing their pieces at the gallery, and all are welcome to attend.

Every child can submit up to three pieces, paying a fee of $15.00 for each one. If they wish to sell their artwork the gallery will take a 15% commission with 10% funding BCCH allergy research.Alternatively, they can bypass selling the art.

The decision to fundraise for allergy research stemmed from the personal experiences of one of the event’s hosts. Shelly Lynn Nellis, creator of Fresh Vancouver Magazine, has a daughter with severe allergies. She is co-hosting the Kids Show alongside ROAM Gallery founder Jennifer Angers Daerendinger, who wanted to “choose a charity that would be helpful to her.” Daerendinger’s desire to host a show for kids, on the other hand, came from pure admiration.

“I love kids! I love to see them create art. They have no inhibitions and just go for it,” she says. “I have had so many children come into the gallery and paint and draw. I would ask them if they would like to do a show, and the answer was always yes. I spoke to Shelly and asked if she would like to collaborate and plan one together. She said yes, so here we are! Now I just need to get lots of submissions and it will be a great show.”

The submission deadline is this Valentine’s Day, February 21st, and artworks of any kind will be accepted. For more information on submission guidelines, visit ROAM Gallery’swebsite.


City Square Mall 555 12th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X7

Jennifer Daerendinger


T. 604.970.4785