Did you know Salvador Dali used to leave his paintings too close to the stove? Sure, those melted clocks are unforgettable, but they proved a constant source of anxiety to the local fire chief. It would not be the first time the worlds of firefighting and modern art collided.
There was of course the controversial 2005 decision by the Louvre to replace da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the main foyer, where it had hung since 1797, with Matisse’s Le Chien Pompier – a decision reversed only after authorities discovered the real artist was actually eight-year-old Jenny Derkins.
So it’s with a healthy nod to history that your community firefighters are taking on the art world, this time with a call to all budding area artists to submit their work for the 2015 Lantzville Fire Rescue calendar.
The competition is open to all students and/or school-aged residents in Lantzville and the Nanoose First Nation. Contestants should incorporate aspects of public safety, public education and or firefighting into their submissions. Artwork will be judged in four categories: Kindergarten to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 6, Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12.
The top three works in each category will be chosen to represent a month’s cover. A grand prize winner will be selected to have their artwork showcased on the front cover. In addition, all winners will receive prizes.
So, break out your brushes, crayons, pastels or macaroni, find your muse and get creative. Be sure to make a copy of work as we won’t be able to return the original. All submissions should include the artist’s name, grade category, contact details and a brief description of your work.
Drop off your designs at the Lantzville District Office, 7192 Lantzville Road, no later than May 31, 2014. Look for more information on the contest in your schools as firefighters conduct fire and earthquake drills over the coming months.