Art Scene

ArtScene

Those with an artistic bent can be forgiven for thinking that Whistler, this bastion of youthful athleticism, is not a place for them.

Think again.

The resort has long had deep roots to its creative soul. Take the Whistler Children’s Festival, going strong these past 30 summers. It’s a weekend of art workshops, crafts and more, with not a ski or bike helmet in sight!

The arts and culture scene has never been so exciting as it is these days.

While the young kids still have the children’s festival, teenagers can now be exposed to a new program in Whistler from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. It’s a two-week course for youth ages 15 to 18, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create art in a studio on the shores of Alta Lake under the guidance of top university faculty.

The following year Emily Carr’s art will be in Whistler permanently as the doors open on the new Audain Art Musuem, tucked in a village forest and showcasing the west coast work from the private collection of philanthropist Michael Audain.

Or take in the sounds of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing an expanded program over several days in the mountains this year. Step back in time at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Check out what’s new and fresh at the Farmers’ Market every week.

It’s all pointing in one direction — arts and culture are a growing force to be reckoned with in Whistler.

There are galleries and studios all over town featuring a variety of work, offering something for every taste. For a list check out the Whistler Arts Council website — www.artswhistler.com.

And for up-to-date information on upcoming shows pick up Pique Newsmagazine.

Village Art
There’s a reason why so many artists call Whistler home. Simply — it’s easy to be inspired here. You just let nature take its course and soon you’ll find paintbrush flying over canvas, music flowing from guitar, pen scrawling across page, and those with a flare for the dramatic tempted onto stage. Take a look around at what comes from Whistler — the public art pieces dotted around the village and valley, the work on display in the galleries, and the line up of events and programs at www.whistlerartscouncil.com all designed to showcase this growing hub of arts and culture. .

Artists In Our Midst

Stephen Vogler 
Not many can claim to be a true long-time local in Whistler but Stephen Vogler can. His home here has become his muse of sorts, a place where he has been able to nurture his writing and poetry performances. He also wants to foster the creative juices in others as founder of The Point Artist-Run Centre, an artist-run haven dedicated to incubating artistic excellence in Whistler through arts education and collaborative projects, among other things.

Bea Gonzalez
You can find Bea Gonzalez’s work hanging around town where she has been painting for more than a decade. Born in Spain, growing up in Toronto, Gonzalez’s story is like many others; she came to Whistler for an afternoon drive, and was hooked. She has raised her family here and honed her art by taking workshops and classes all with an aim to improve her talent. Gonzalez is also a volunteer organizer of the Whistler Workshops on the Lake for the Whistler Arts Council.