By David F. Rooney
The 2013 visual arts scene should be quite lively with 21 new exhibitions and two intriguing competition for artists and art lovers to enjoy.
The first competition is being staged by the Revelstoke Community Forestry Corporation to mark its 20th anniversary. It plans to commission a work of art made from a piece of cedar measuring 8’10” in length by 35″ wide and 3″ thick. The completed work will be publicly exhibited either in the new Visitor Centre or the Community Centre.
Artists are invited to submit designs by February 10, 2013, to Mike Copperthwaite, Revelstoke Community Forestry Corporation at 200 103 Second Street East, Revelstoke. Call him at 250-837-5733 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. A prize of $250 will be awarded for the winning design and further funding will be available for the completion of the project.
The other competition is offered by the Bygone Era Entertainment Society Mural Project. Artists are invited to design two panels depicting the history of the McKinnon Building to celebrate its 100th anniversary. It currently houses the Nickelodeon Museum. The panels will be attached to the side of the building. Initially, the Bygone Era Entertainment Society Board of Directors is seeking proposals from interested artists.
There will be an award of $250 for the winning design. Further funding will be made available for the completion of the project. For more information please contact David Evans at DWinwoodEvans@aol.com. Submissions must be received at the Nickelodeon Museum by February 10.
The project is to be completed by the summer of 2013.
And then there is this year’s exhibition season at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.
A foretaste of the season will be delivered to The Centre’s patrons with the Anything Goes 3 exhibition. Timed to coincide with Spirit Fest 2013, participating artists are challenged to deliver a painting on any theme on a 12×12 canvas or wooden panel. All works will be sold during a silent auction with a 50/50 split of the proceeds between the artists and The Centre.
Jackie Pendergast, The Centre’s executive director, says its portion will be used to help finance the purchase of new flooring.
If past Anything Goes shows are anything to go by, this exhibition, scheduled for 7 pm on Saturday, February 9, will be blast.
The opening show of the season, though, will be held in April. Entitled Origin, this is a Members’ Show. All works must reference the meaning of the word origin in some fashion. The definition of the word is provided below:
origin from Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged
1. a primary source; derivation
2. the beginning of something; first stage or part
3. (often plural) ancestry or parentage; birth; extraction
4. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Anatomy a. the end of a muscle, opposite its point of insertion, b. the beginning of a nerve or blood vessel or the site where it first starts to branch out
5. (Mathematics) Maths a. the point of intersection of coordinate axes or planes, b. the point whose coordinates are all zero See also pole2 
6. (Business / Commerce) Commerce the country from which a commodity or product originates shipment from origin [from French origine, from Latin orīgō beginning, birth, from orīrī to rise, spring from].
This should provide a real challenge for local artists who are members of the Visual Arts Society.
The rest of the season will offer shows by local and regional artists including the Golden Girls, Julie James, local school children, the Potters’ Guild, Jenny Baillie , Bridgette Desbois, Louise Drescher, Stephanie Gauvin and Vira Vahala, Ron Nixon, Sarah Windsor, Keisha Treber, David F. Rooney, Robin Wiltse, the Quilters’ Guild, Jacqueline Palmer, the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program and the Best of Banff Photography Competition.
There will also be a mid-summer Art Fair and, just in time to the holidays, The Christmas Shop.