“I’m still very shocked at myself,” said a participant of the newest Chetwynd arts council fundraiser.
Saturday marked the unveiling of the much anticipated calendar where the theme, nudity in the workplace, was taken to a whole new level.
Julia Nelson, treasurer and creative director of this project explained that she got the idea from a previous calendar that she did when she worked on Vancouver Island.
“Out of my purse, I pulled this calendar and it was similar theme to what we just did – and they [the council] loved it and I was really excited with replicating it with the Chetwynd people. We went ahead and just started planning, that was back in February,” said Nelson.
“Our theme is ‘Nudity meets work’ so we’ve got all sorts of people and I’ll be very clear that actually nobody is naked per say, it’s more the illusion of nudity and people doing their jobs with what seems to be no clothes on,” explained Nelson.
Naomi Larsen, treasurer for the arts council and photographer for this project, explained that for her this project is about raising money for the arts council.
“Hopefully the sale of this calendar, this is our first big fundraiser, we’ll be able to create a bit of a nest egg to allow us to have some funds to be able to put on events– it will give our artists a chance to show their talent and display their works of art,” explained Larsen.
Taking on a project like this takes a lot of time and work.
“As a photographer, I volunteered my time, it took us probably three or four months to get all the shots–originally we had this dream list of all these people that we wanted to have because we really wanted to have a real showing of Chetwynd,” said Larsen.
Currently, this is a fundraiser that the council hopes will be an annual event and found to be a positive experience so far.
“It’s kind of one of those things where it’s not uncomfortable for us because we all know each other. It’s pretty easy to chill out and do the shots – it was fun,” noted Larsen.
Brenda Maisey, president of the arts council, explained she thinks this calendar will be a great fundraiser.
“It’s so exciting because all these young women have gotten involved.”
Until recently, the fate of the arts council was unclear because Yvonne Elden, who had been the president for 30 years, decided to retire.
“Yvonne gave us her blessing and she’s now an advisor for the council,” said Maisey.
It’s clear the women who took on the task of taking over the council have shaken things up and the public response seems to be fairly positive, although some people were not comfortable talking about the calendar openly.
However, one Chetwynd resident added: “I think it’s a fun idea and a great fundraiser.”