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New art show opens

Plus, two creative contests with unusual canvases



Using dramatic colour and mixed media to explore their distinct journeys, three artists will have their work displayed in Circle the Heart, a new exhibit at Scotia Creek Gallery.

"Works on display are charged with an emotional and spiritual vision and express ideas of personal journey and interconnectedness," the Whistler Arts Council explained in a release. "The artists look inward to discover a form of self-expression that offers an individual voice, but as a collection, the work shows a consistent search for personal, emotional truths that all humans relate to."

The exhibit features pieces by Christine Stufano Simpson, who moved to Kimberley after 14 years in Whistler and Pemberton Valley, using mixed media to create textures and patterns.

Work from Jennifer Zizman's recent series "Caves, Paths and Portals," colourful abstracts, will also be on display. Rounding out the show is Samera Gibson's paintings that combine real forms and expressive abstraction. The exhibit runs from Nov. 27 until Dec. 14.

Holiday tradition

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Carol's Carols has become tradition for many in the Sea to Sky corridor.

The annual event features Christmas songs performed by a choir, solo singers, ensembles and, of course, the audience for sing-alongs. Carol Grolman remembers the first show in 1987: "Thor Froslev at the Brackendale Art Gallery was the inspiration," she explains. "He urgently needed some Christmas entertainment for his annual potluck event. I think I said 'No' to him 10 times before I finally said 'Yes.' I invited my friends from the Folk Song Circle to sing along. That was how we started and I've organized it ever since."

The concert takes place Dec. 2 at the Squamish United Church at 6:30 p.m. with admission by cash donation, with funds going to Community Christmas Care.

Art Contest

Are you an artist interested in displaying your talent on an unusual canvas? Then get those paintbrushes ready because the District of Squamish (along with the Squamish Arts Council and Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association) are holding a BC Hydro Box Wrap Competition open to all Squamish residents, including students, kids, professional and emerging artists. The artists can use any medium for their proposal, from graphic design to photography, to spice up three hydro boxes on Cleveland Avenue. Winners will receive up to $750.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 3. Entries can be submitted via email as a .jpeg with a minimum resolution of 72 DPI at Info_squamishartcouncil@shaw.ca with the subject line Hydro Box Submission. For more info visit squamish.ca.

LIVE at Squamish renamed

The festival formerly known as LIVE at Squamish has a new name and new dates. The two-day music festival, which has drawn acts like Weezer and Metric, will now take place on Aug. 9 and 10 as The Squamish Valley Music Festival. "In response to overwhelming demand we are shifting the festival to a fully programmed Friday/Saturday format," organizers say in a post on the website.

Line-up and ticketing info for the 2013 installment will be announced in early spring.

Call for community art

Help brighten up the bland walls of the Whistler Conference Centre Car Park by submitting your art to the Resort Municipality of Whistler's underground mini gallery competition.

Four winning submissions with a theme of winter and Whistler life will be displayed for the entire winner. Artists can submit up to three images of finished work (it doesn't have to be created for the contest) along with a short bio by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. to kevani@burnbrightermarketing.com. For more information visit artswhistler.com.