Friday, November 29, 2019 ~ SOOKE
by Mary P Brooke ~ West Shore Voice News
The Sooke Arts Council has put out a Call to Artists & Writers for works to be considered for inclusion in their book Art & Word, Volume 2: A Collection of Artists and Writers of the Sooke Region. The submissions process is now open.
The book is to fulfill the SAC mandate of promoting all types of art, artists, musicians and writers by offering an opportunity to be visible in the regional community. It’s also a fundraiser.
There is an entry fee for each creator to submit up to five submissions. If an entry is accepted for publication there are further fees. Details on how to enter are posted here: https://sookearts.com/book-2/
The deadline for entries of photos (including photos of other works such as carvings, pottery or fabric work), paintings, drawings, poetry, prose, ‘flash fiction’ or short stories is January 30, 2020.
The anthology’s theme is about how an image can inspire writing. The judges and production committee choose how selected images and writing will line up in the printed publication’s layout. In that sense the presentation process is one of ‘odd bedfellows’ — almost forced — with an completely independent art piece presented alongside a written work.
Not all writers would appreciate a non-collaborated image claiming to represent the words. The two creators came from different directions at the time of creation.
But the idea seems to work for the target audience — the 86-page Volume 1 containing the works of 33 contributors has sold well in 2018-2019.
The Sooke Arts Council hopes contributors will be motivated “by the web of life in around Vancouver Island: ocean, sky, earth and the animals that inhabit it and contribute to a sustainable salmon habitat”.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship for a graduate at EMCS (Edward Milne Community School) who has shown artistic talent or a potential future career in the arts (next one coming up June 2020) and to the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society.
This article was first published on page 4 in the November 22, 2019 print-PDF weekend edition of West Shore Voice News.
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