The Thompson Community Centre Art Committee wants people to get creative as registration for its Second Annual Community Art Challenge opens next Monday, Sept. 16.
Artists, wannabe artists or even those suddenly struck with a burst of inspiration are encouraged to participate and submit a piece using any medium on a 10”x10” canvas.
“Last year’s event was fabulous,” said art committee member Violet Smythe of the 27 pieces received. “The opportunity to create something is unlimited. The only limit is your imagination. We had someone mount a photograph on the canvas last year, which we weren’t expecting.”
Participants must register in person at the community centre, where they pay a fee of $6 and pick up their canvas. Those willing to create more than one work can register twice. All canvases have to be submitted by Monday, Nov. 25.
This year’s five themes are active living — what does it mean to you?; volunteerism — how do you help and where?; your neighbourhood — what makes it special?; our dyke trail; and our rich farming heritage. All artwork will be on display at the community centre in January and February.
Smythe came across the idea when hearing about the Sketchbook Challenge, in cities across the U.S. — artists fill sketchbooks instead of canvases.
“It’s interesting to see what people come up with,” said Smythe, herself an artist. “Engaging in art contributes to a person’s self-development. Art becomes a way of communication. Last year, people would come into the centre, look and discuss the work with each other. It helps build stronger foundations in their community.”
Smythe anticipates greater interest this year than at the inaugural challenge and has 50 canvases in stock for eager art enthusiasts.
“It gives people the chance to represent their community, their neighbourhood, and share stories about their life in Richmond,” she said.
To register, visit the Thompson Community Centre at 5151 Granville St. The challenge encourages a variety of skills and ages to participate, with last year’s event receiving submissions from kids as young as 13.
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