Area photogs capture a day in the life of Qualicum Beach

Exhibition at The Old School House in Qualicum Beach should have some surprises

All of the photographers who took part in A Day in the Life of Qualicum Beach. Except Don Emerson

All of the photographers who took part in A Day in the Life of Qualicum Beach. Except Don Emerson

The public is invited to an exhibition of images on display at The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) that portray the folks who live and work in Qualicum Beach going about their day to day business.

A Day in the Life of Qualicum Beach is an exhibition of photography by professionals and amateurs that celebrates the town’s 70 years of incorporation.

TOSH executive director Corrine James said they decided to commemorate the town’s anniversary with a special Qualicum Beach calendar and exhibition of photographs taken in the area.

She said they chose the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2011 for the day on which the photographs would be taken.

“As the first day of summer it was a significant day, and, yet, as another Tuesday in Qualicum Beach it was not a particularly significant day.”

She said they asked a wide range of photographers — from well-known artists to hobbyists — to submit their top photos of Qualicum Beach and invitations were sent to Chris Carter, Paul Kyba, Don Emerson, Rick Marotz, Wayne Buhr, Dave Graham, Brian Argyle, Lynn Bieber-Weir, members of the Oceanside Photographers Club, members of the Probus Club, student Geoffrey Campbell as well as all of the members of TOSH.

Some of the photos the participants snapped are of local icons that are well known to visitors and others are of the citizens who live and work in the town.

James said the images include a little bit of everything.  There are animals, artists and ordinary people just going about their business in Qualicum Beach from the beach to the hills.

“This exhibition is based on the coffee table books we see about Canada, Australia, Hawaii, Japan, etc., that offer multiple photographic impressions recorded on a single day,” she added.

“What makes it interesting is that everybody has a different photograph and when you put them together it gives a great profile of Qualicum Beach.”

She stated 2012 is a year of special celebration for the community and the work will celebrate 25 years of bringing the best of the arts to the mid-island region and the school house building that is home to the Arts Centre will be 100 years old.

Most of the images submitted have been used for a 2012 calendar, which is being sold for $10 a copy as fundraiser for TOSH.

All of the photographs are for sale and will be on display from November 5 to 24.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. where they will have an opportunity to meet the photographers as well as members of the town council. TOSH is located at 122 Fern Road West.

For hours of operation phone 250-752-6133 or visit www.theoldschoolhouse.org.