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This Burnaby student's artistic journey began early in life

Work by Karissa Narukami will be on display at the Univercity Women's Club of Vancouver's Hycroft Gallery in September
Karissa Narukami
Art by Karissa Narukami is on exhibition at Hycroft Gallery from Sept. 4 to 30.

A Burnaby South Secondary grad has a new art exhibition coming up at Hycroft Gallery in Vancouver.

The University Women’s Club of Vancouver is hosting The Edge, featuring art by Karissa Narukami, from Wednesday, Sept. 4 to Monday, Sept. 30.

Narukami, who was diagnosed at two years old with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder, began art at an early age.

“Karissa’s talent was discovered at the ripe age of three by her parents when passing by a carnival on their way home,” says a write-up about the show. “Karissa recreated the carnival on paper with amazing accuracy of the setting. From that point on, her parents knew that she was gifted with a topographic memory.”

Narukami has explored drawing, painting and sculpting, creating detailed images with innumerable lines. The Edge includes her work in watercolour and ink.

Margaret Peterson, a visual arts teacher at Burnaby South, said Narukami is “an extremely naturally gifted artist who possesses tremendous natural drawing ability.”

“Her characters are all original and reflect her incredible ability to synthesize materials she is taught, with her own personal way of seeing the world,” Peterson said in the write-up.

The University Women’s Club of Vancouver Hycroft Gallery is at 1489 McRae Ave. in Vancouver. An opening reception is being held Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It’s free, and everyone is welcome.