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Children’s Art Festival celebrates 25 years

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Whistler’s longest running summer festival, the Whistler Children’s Art Festival, is celebrating its 25 th year this summer.

The weekend of arts and entertainment, which will take place in Creekside on July 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., features a wide range of performances and activities to get children’s creative juices flowing.

Last year’s festival featured a variety of wacky and outrageous acts, from the Vancouver Aquarium’s sea-loving squad, Bobs & Lolo, the First Nations storyteller and musician, Art Napoleon, and the magical musical stylings of Zany Zack.

“The 2007 festival was a hit,” said Traci Despatis, event manager of the Whistler Children’s Art Festival. “Not only did our main stage performers entertain, but our roving performers kept the crowds captivated all week despite the beach-enticing weather.”

The festival’s Scotiabank Workshops also offer kids a chance to dig in and get their hands dirty, with 65 hands-on workshops in sketching, dance, drumming, mural painting, dress-up, photography, wood carving and chocolate dipping; something will appeal to all ages and interests.

Entrance to the festival grounds is $5 per day for children over the age of two, while parents play for free.

A full schedule of workshops and performances will be available by mid-June at www.whistlerartscouncil.com .

 

Calling all artists…

The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) wants you! Well, only if you’re a talented local artist.

WAC is asking visual artists and artisans within the Sea to Sky corridor to apply for the fifth annual ArtWalk, which will feature a variety of paintings, photos, multimedia, fibre arts, sculpture, pottery and jewelry throughout Whistler Village from July 1 to Aug. 31.

The ArtWalk walking tour aims to connect local businesses, like cafes, bookstores, retail outlets and hotels, with the local arts and create opportunities for the artists to showcase their work in high-traffic venues.

Last year, ArtWalk included 30 venues and 50 artists.

Interested applicants must provide three to eight photos of their work on a hard disk or in a high-quality portfolio, half of which should be images they intend to display at ArtWalk. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m.

And if you won’t be around to exhibit your work this summer, you may be interested in participating in the 20 th Bizarre Bazaar, set to take place on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre.

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