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2010 Art Workshops at the Lake fill up


Whistler Arts Council's annual Art Workshops at the Lake are proving to be a popular event again this year. As of late last week, before the series had even begun, three of the workshops were already sold out: Suzanne Northcott's four-day Life Drawing and Painting and Acrylics courses are booked solid, and David Langevin's session on Intermediate Acrylics was full.

While the classes certainly seem to be filling up fast, there's still time to register for the many other courses on offer: Effective Acrylics and Colour Theory with Chili Thom, Beginner Acrylics with Lori Goldberg, Advanced Watercolour with David McEown, Creative Texture with Watercolour with Alan Wylie, Intermediate Acrylics with Janice Robertson, Beginner Watercolour with Grant Fuller, The Art of Drawing with Isobel MacLaurin, and Experimental Painting Techniques with Rick McDiarmid.

The courses take place at Alta Lake Station House throughout June, July and August and range in price from $170 to $425.

For more detailed descriptions of each program, visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.


The 2010 Summer of Funny

Think you've got what it takes to make people hoot and howl with laughter? Pick up a pen and paper and show Whistler what you've got by entering the second annual Summer of Funny humour-writing contest, sponsored by Pique Newsmagazine.

The inaugural competition in '09 yielded so many quality submissions that Pique staffers couldn't seem to agree on a clear winner. So it was decided to divide the $400 prize purse among the eight entries that stood out from the more than two-dozen pieces received. And since none of the writers complained, Pique has decided to give the contest another whirl this year. The rules are the same - all written submissions will be accepted, from anywhere in Canada, and can be in the form of stories (up to 2,000 words), poems, plays/scripts, or long-format jokes. We'd even accept cartoons.

The prize money will be the same, as will the review by Pique writers and staff. If there is a clear winner this year they may receive a larger share of the purse at our discretion, otherwise we may decide to simply run a wide selection of pieces this year and divvy up the prize money equally. Humour is subjective after all and we'd like to give our readers a chance to decide.

Send all entries to andrew@piquenewsmagazine.com before Aug. 23 (date changed) for inclusion in our Labour Day long weekend issue (published Sept. 2). Please include a brief bio and mailing address with your submission.


Whistler Reads' "summer sizzler"

Our beloved local book club, Whistler Reads, wants people to spend the upcoming summer weeks delving into the fictional world of author Matthew Hooton, the talented new writer who penned "Deloume Road."