Among the die- hard skiers and snowboarders who comprise much of Whistler’s population is another group who have found their inspiration in our stunning landscape and culturally cosmopolitan town: Whistler’s pool of talented artists. From painting and sculpture to photography, and traditional art from local First Nations bands, Whistler’s broad selection of art can be viewed by joining a guided tour, or simply exploring the galleries on your own. For obvious reasons, landscape paintings and photos are very popular in Whistler, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In 2012 the Whistler Gallery Association was formed to represent the 11 commercial galleries located in Whistler, which showcase an impressive variety of mediums and styles including sculptures, pottery, jewellery, authentic First Nations art, all styles of painting and photography, and more. Local artist and owner of The White Dog Studio Gallery Penny Eder creates tile art and ceramic or concrete sculptures, including the life- size ‘ Ursus Intrawestus’ bear that stands inside the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Designed as a working studio/ gallery space, Eder hosts hands- on workshops with local artists whenever possible. A more regionally specific style of art featured in Whistler village is local First Nations artwork. Black Tusk Gallery is Whistler’s oldest exclusively native art gallery, featuring all forms of art including masks, jewellery, sculptures, paintings and totem poles from First Nations bands across Northwestern B. C. Gallery owner Bill MacGillivary says there are many intriguing design elements of First Nations art that make it visually attractive to collectors, but the most unique characteristic is the traditional meaning behind each symbol or piece. “People are attracted to the art firstly, and secondly when they hear and know the story behind the art, it completes the love affair,” says MacGillivary. “Once [ people] understand this is not just something created out of someone’s mind, it actually has a purpose, has a mythology, a story behind it, it becomes even more intriguing.” There are two great ways to get an excellent overview of Whistler’s art scene: for the most in- depth experience, join one of Eder’s guided Art Walk tours. These tours visit the Whistler Gallery Association’s 11 galleries, as well as other locations where street art, public sculptures and other installations can be seen. As you walk the For walking maps or more information about the gallery walks, visit www. markrichardsgallery. com. To book a guided Art Walk tour, contact Penny Eder at 604- 938- 2525, or online at www. artwalktours. ca.
MARK RICHARDS GALLERY
THE FATHOM STONE GALLERY