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Foyer Gallery looks for larger than life artists

In other arts news: watch a water documentary and become an artist in residence

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The Foyer Gallery in Squamish has issued a call to artists for an upcoming contemporary group exhibit, to be displayed this summer.

Amateur and professional artists are invited to submit proposals for pieces for Larger than Life by June 2. The show will take place from Aug. 6 to 26. A jury will select the artists and notify them by June 10.

Wall art should be a minimum of 30-inches on one side with no maximum dimensions, but 3D and sculpture art must fit in a 33-inch by 21-inch by 62-inch glass showcase. None of the pieces can be more than 50 pounds (and they shouldn't contain any nudity, as the gallery is in the Squamish Library).

Artists should include contact info, including name, address, phone number, email address and website along with a description of the proposed art and images representing work as j-peg files.

Submissions can be sent to tobyjaxon@shaw.ca with the subject line Larger than Life.

Watch a water documentary

Last Call at the Oasis, a documentary about the global water crisis, is screening Wednesday at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre as part of Drinking Water Week in Whistler.

The film looks at the role water plays in our lives while examining communities in which it's already in short supply and the flaws with our current water system. Admission is by donation and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Water week, meanwhile, will feature a several events drawing attention to our local water supply. Whistler students, for example, will take part in a "Drinking Water Tour" that runs from 21 Mile Creek to the wastewater treatment plant. For more visit whister.ca/water.

Become an artist-in-residence

Myrtle Philip Community School is searching for an artist-in-residence to help students create an art project next year.

The school has had dancers, musicians and drummers in the past, but for the 2013-2014 school year they're focusing on visual artists. The selected artist will have to commit a week or two to the school some time in the next school year.

The budget for the project is $2,500, including time and supplies, if they're not available at the school.

"The (proposed project) needs to be appropriate for all grades, from kindergarten to Grade seven," says principal Sharon Broatch. "We can make sure there's lots of help for little kids. We're looking for someone who is comfortable working with children."

Past projects have included everything from "knowledge trees" filled with butterflies to murals, banners and papier mache birds. "The idea is they would work with each of the classes at least a couple of times over a week or two weeks," Broatch says.

The artist in residence program helps supplements the school's arts programs, she adds. "First of all (the students) get the advantage of working with a professional artist who's passionate about their subject," she says. "Hopefully, they also get some skills. If it's a sculpture or painting they learn something about the medium and representing their ideas. It's a way of enhancing the fine arts program in the school and it's also a way of building community in a school when we're all working on a joint project."

The deadline for submissions is May 29. Artists can send their proposals to sbroatch@sd48.ca.

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