03/31/2014 03:38 EDT | Updated 05/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Acclaimed artists, young students combined in West Vancouver Museum exhibition

VANCOUVER - Jackie Wong, an art teacher at West Vancouver Secondary School, says an "incredible number" of renowned artists have attended West Vancouver public schools.

The list includes Douglas Coupland, Geoffrey Farmer, Graham Gillmore and Ian Wallace.

And there may well be future art achievers in the current student population.

Wong has organized an exhibition at West Vancouver Museum that combines internationally acclaimed alumni from school district 45 and the potentially up-and-coming — kindergarten to Grade 12 students.

She says she thought it would be inspiring for the students to see their work displayed alongside creations by the well-known artists.

"SD45 One: An Exhibition of West Vancouver Students Past and Present" runs April 8 to May 31. As well, a satellite exhibition will be held May 3-21 in shipping containers along the West Vancouver waterfront, displaying art created recently by students in workshops led by SD45 graduates.

As for why many of B.C.'s leading contemporary artists have emerged from that particular area, museum director and curator Darrin Morrison said it could have something to do with the geography.

"You're living amongst the trees, the forest, the ocean," he said. "I think the topography and the environment of the North Shore are unique, so maybe that has some impact on how people think about the world."