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In order to participate, artisans must apply by Friday, Aug. 21.

WAC also provides assistance to one to two emerging local artisans exhibiting at the Bizarre Bazaar for the first time, returning 50 per cent of the booth fee to these participants. New artisans of any age and students who have been enrolled in craft training programs who have been in their craft career for three years or less are invited to apply for the fund. For more information or application forms, e-mail info@whistlerartscouncil.com .

Sea to Sky aboriginal artists to shine in 2010

When visitors enter any of the Olympic/Paralympic venues during the 2010 Games, they will be welcomed, first, by Canada's First Nations people.

That's because each of the Winter Games venues will feature works of art by more than 90 Aboriginal artists. First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists participating in the program are from every province and territory in Canada, and some from right here in the Sea to Sky region. Aaron Nelson Moody, Pamela Baker, Ray Natraoro and Wade Baker of the Squamish Nation, Bruce Edmonds, Johnnie Abraham, Jonathan Joe and Rosalie Dipcsu of the Lil'wat Nation, and Dionne Paul of Sechelt Nation are just a few of the skilled artists who have been selected by VANOC to create pieces designed to inspire athletes and spectators, and celebrate Canada's cultural diversity.

"These works of art by some of Canada's most established and up-and-coming Aboriginal artists will be front and centre in our 15 Olympic and Paralympic venues and will remain there as a permanent legacy of the Games beyond 2010," Dan Doyle, VANOC's executive vice president responsible for Aboriginal participation, said in a recent press release.

"In some cases, these beautiful artworks are seamlessly integrated into the structure of the venue itself."

More than 140 pieces of original artwork will be produced as part of the more than $2-million program, using a range of mediums that include textiles, copper, steel, concrete, yellow cedar, glass and caribou tufting to depict Aboriginal symbols like the raven, bear, salmon, sun and canoe in a combination of traditional and contemporary styles. More than 40 of these works will become part of the Games permanent legacy at the venues.

The program is also designed to leave an educational and cultural legacy by pairing established artists with at-risk youth from urban and rural areas across Canada to create three original sculptures.

"Canada is experiencing a renaissance in Aboriginal art from First Nations, Inuit and Métis and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will showcase this incredible talent to the world," B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell commented in the press release. "Their works will inspire everyone - from the world's best athletes to visitors alike - as they act as a permanent cultural and artistic legacy of the Games."

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