Chilliwack card contest adopts new format

Artists are now invited to submit their City of Chilliwack Christmas card designs until Jan. 29 to be considered for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Artists are now invited to submit their designs until Jan. 29 to be considered for the 2016

Artists are now invited to submit their designs until Jan. 29 to be considered for the 2016

Artists and photographers, take note.

This year, the City of Chilliwack is holding their annual Christmas card contest during the Christmas season.

In past years, contest entries were collected by mid-October to ensure the winning card was ready to use by Christmas. As it can be difficult to be inspired to create Christmas themed art during Thanksgiving and Halloween, the City decided to change the contest dates.

For the new contest, residents can now create artwork that captures and expresses the holiday season in Chilliwack during the Christmas season.

The contest is open from Dec. 1, 2015 to Jan. 29, 2016. The winning entries will be used as the official 2016, 2017 and 2018 City of Chilliwack Christmas cards. The winners will also receive a $250 prize.

During the change in contest timing, City staff chose artwork that had been submitted previously by Betty Champ to be used for the 2015 Christmas cards.

As this was not part of an official contest, Champ donated the image and did not receive financial compensation. The City thanked Ms. Champ for her generous contribution.

Champ’s painting ‘The Old Barn’ is the third in a series of landmark paintings that she is planning to create as her interpretation of Chilliwack in times past, but not forgotten.

Visit chilliwack.com/christmascards for the entry criteria and application form. For more information, call 604-793-2900.