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Arts news: Sea to Sky Discovery Writing winners; WFF Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship launched

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Sundays at The Point summer music and fun start at The Point Artist-Run Centre on Sunday, July 2, with musicians, Jeff Heintzman and Don Crook (The Blue Phoenix).

It is also the opening day of this summer's art show, called Mask > Transformation, featuring artists from Whistler, the Sea to Sky and Vancouver.

In the show, painters use masks to cover, create layers, to hide and reveal under-painting, to create an impression, almost invisible, of worlds behind worlds.

This show encompasses all of these meanings of mask, of transformation.

"We all wear masks; layers of disguise that allow us to create personas, to become the characters we desire to be. They may lock us in, or allow us to unlock what lies beneath, to transform into a truer reflection of ourselves," says the Point's executive director Stephen Vogler in a release.

Sea to Sky Discovery Writing winners named

Three local writers have taken first in their respective categories in the first-ever Sea to Sky Discovery Writing Contest.

Victoria Crompton is the winner of the Open category for her poem "April Snow on Whistler Mountain," while Tressa Peters won the Indigenous category for her poem "Birkenhead Pantoum." Harman Cheema came in first place in the Youth category for her prose poem titled "Tomorrow, I Will Be the Sun."

The contest was blind-judged by authors Sara Leach and Sue Oakey-Baker.

"In all categories, the writers eloquently crafted images and words to share their feelings of the Sea to Sky," said Sue Oakey-Baker in a release.

"Although there were certain themes, each piece was unique and full of affection for this wonderfully diverse place we call home."

The three winners will read their work as part of the Sea to Sky Discovery: A Storytelling Celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary event at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. All entrants to the contest will have their work posted at the event for guests to read.

WFF Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship launched

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is launching its fifth annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship.

Over four days at WFF in December, the fellowship focuses on individual and project-specific feedback through one-on-one sessions with mentors, as well as group sessions.

Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be Canadian citizens and of indigenous descent. All rights remain with the filmmaker.

For more information, visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

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