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Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TASTE I WHAT WE LOVE NOW -

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

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