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Families First Health & Support Center’s current Mobile Health Services van, known as “Big Blue,” features the work of artist Peter Welch. The van is being replaced, so the Portsmouth-based center is seeking submissions from artists interested in having their work featured on the new van. (Courtesy)

Families First inviting artists to leave their mark on 'Big Blue'


PORTSMOUTH — Families First Health & Support Center is replacing “Big Blue,” a van that delivers health care to low-income seniors and to people experiencing homelessness, so it is seeking submissions from artists interested in having their work featured on the new van.

The back of the current van is covered with the work of local artist Peter Welch.

Families First is not offering compensation, but would put the artist’s name on the van and include the artist in publicity related to the launch of the new van.

Families First is interested in “works that convey feelings and values such as welcoming, inclusive, healthy, nonjudgmental, accepting, caring, uplifting, life-affirming, diversity, dignity, hope. The work should appeal more to adults than children; very few children are seen on the van. Images that suggest the Seacoast region might be a plus.”

The artwork may be any medium — painting, drawing, graphic design, photographs, etc.

The submission deadline is 9 a.m. Monday, June 16. River Works Printing will take a digital photograph of the chosen artwork and transfer it to the van.For the specifications and submission instructions, go to www.familiesfirstseacoast.org and click on the link to “Call for Artwork.” Questions also may be emailed to info@familiesfirstseacoast.org, using “New Big Blue Artwork” in the subject line. For information about the services provided with the van, look for the link to “Mobile Health Care” under the “Health Care” tab.

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