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On Our Radar: Coquitlam Heritage extracting artists to help create exhibit on natural resources

The society has made a community call in hopes of showcasing several mediums depicting B.C.'s use and abuse of its resources.
A spawning B.C. sockeye salmon.

For years, the Tri-Cities' beautiful surrounding nature has inspired local artists and their mediums.

And as the environment is utilized meaningfully for everyday life, there are historical cases of abuse of its resources. 

Now, Coquitlam Heritage is hoping artists can come forward to help them with a new exhibit — entitled Extractions — that depicts the use of B.C.'s natural resources from their perspective.

"While landscapes are often represented for their beauty and grandeur, Extractions will feature work that highlights our use and/or abuse of land-based resources, such as mineral extraction, aquatic and land farming, and logging, both today and historically," Coquitlam Heritage explains in the event's description.

"The Gold Rushes, in British Columbia created wealth for some, but for others it destroyed eco-systems and generated pollution. The lumber industry supplies the world with wood, but at what cost to the environment? Fish farms may allow us to avoid the overfishing of wild salmon but what impact do they have on the land and waters around us?"

The society is making a community call for submissions before next Friday (Jan. 21).

The exhibit is set to grace the walls of Place des Arts as part of a spring 2022 showcase from April 1 to May 19.

Coquitlam Heritage says entries can include, but are not limited to, perspectives of their own nature extractions, observations of resource industry practices or illustrations of issues surrounding today's use of the environment.

It adds the exhibit will consist of a wide variety of mediums from photography and painting to collage and sculpture.

Coquitlam Heritage says artists can bring forth up to three entries to be potentially selected for Extractions and must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

The deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 21 and there's no fee required.

For more information and an application form, you can visit Coquitlam Heritage's website.

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