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Festival goes wild for art


Over 50 local artists will get exposure like never before during the Wild at Art Festival in downtown Squamish May 6 and 7.

The festival's visual art organizer, Krisztina Egyed, says she is thrilled to have such high-quality artists participating in the event, which expected to draw in thousands of people.

"I had no idea the quantity and caliber of artists we have right here," she said.

A small gallery at the Adventure Centre and a main gallery in the former True Value Hardware store in the Chieftain Plaza on Cleveland Avenue will feature local artists' displays of paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, pottery, fibre, photography and First Nations art.

One of the most prolific artists, Olivier Roy, also a professional snowboarder, has had his graphics on Optimum snowboards. "His work is amazing; you can't miss it," said Egyed.

Award-winning public space artist Catherine Kerr will create a public art installation, Michael Dohnlek "bares his heart" with the emotional content of his work, and there will be a display of artwork from Howe Sound School District students.

"So much excitement is building over this," said Egyed. "And the business community has been unbelievably supportive."

It took Egyed very little time to solidify cash and in-kind donations from numerous businesses in town, ending up with a total of almost $8,000.

Paul Acorn Renovation and Repair has donated the work to build a gallery. Other major contributors include Cardinal Concrete and Mountain Building Centres, just to name a few.

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