The renewable energy cooperative is holding in art contest called “Nature’s Energy – the Beauty and Power of Renewable Energy,” where anybody and everybody with an artistic interpretation of renewable energy can enter.
Nicola Peacey, executive director for the Peace Energy Cooperative, said originally they were going to limit the contest to photography, but after doing some research online, they discovered there was a whole new genre of renewable energy artwork that has been done in a variety of media.
“It’s actually a recognized medium – it has become its own entity, and it’s quite intriguing,” she said.
She said examples include drawings, paintings and photographs, but they could also include quilts or even working models of a renewable energy project.
“You really have to think outside the box with this kind of art,” she said. “Anything goes.”
Peacey said she expects the Bear Mountain Wind Park will be an inspiration for many of the pieces submitted, but the contest is not limited to just wind power, or to just the Dawson Creek area. There is no limit on how many entries can be submitted per person, and there is no fee for entry.
“We have some amazing artists here in the Peace region, absolutely phenomenal, and some of the artwork I’m sure will come from those people,” she said.
There are some great prizes to be had for those who enter. For children and youth, a fuel cell car kit (for best youth entry Grades 8 to 12) and a working wind turbine model kit (for best youth entry Grades K to 7) have been donated by Northern Toy Box. First prize for an adult entry is $500 and second prize is $250. Members of the cooperative will also vote on their favourite entry, and that person will win a special framed print of their entry.
Peacey said besides the chance at prizes, she hopes participants will have fun, learn about their community, and discover new aspects about renewable energy.
“It’s to build the awareness of renewable energy and how far it has come and how important it is in our society now. It will encourage people to think of it in a different light.”
Entry forms are available at the Peace Energy Cooperative office at 1445 102 Avenue, or by going online to www.peaceenergy.ca. The contest closes on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. She said they are finalizing the details for a special event to be held in early November to announce the winners.
No matter the medium that is chosen, artists are encouraged to submit no more than three jpeg images of their artwork/photos per entry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the office. All submissions will be displayed on the cooperative’s website.