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First Nations art returns to Four Seasons

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Whistler art lovers may feel a touch of déjà-vu this weekend.

Following on the heels of a successful debut last year at this time, the Four Seasons Resort will once again host a weekend exhibition and sale of traditional First Nations art.

The event is the brainchild of Four Seasons manager Rudy Mack, a passionate aficionado of First Nations artwork, to promote artists working in their own communities.

Building on the success of last year’s event, this weekend’s exhibition will bring in 11 artists, up from five in 2004, from Vancouver Island, the B.C. Coast Mountain regions and Northern B.C.

Returning is esteemed carver/historian Silyas Saunders, who will be joined by Kaskas Billy Dan, Gordon Dick, Jake Gallic, Erich Glendale, Ruby Joseph, Alvin Robertson, Elsie Robinson, Lynae Robson and Alvin and James Mack (no relation to Rudy Mack).

Artistic mediums represented include carving, jewelry, painting and weaving.

On-site demonstrations will occur throughout the event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday Aug. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. both days, in the Four Season’s Harmony Ballroom.

For information call 604-935-3400.

Merlin’s hosts Industrial Art Show

Members of the underground art community from Whistler and the surrounding area will showcase their works at a special one-night event at Merlin’s on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The Industrial Art Show will feature paintings, clothing, jewelry, metal art and graffiti canvases. Participating artists include Josee St. Amour, Pepe, Scott Johnston, Erin Sieber and Pascal Gadeois.

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call 604-938-7735.

Tazara’s Art a back-to-school special

The community gallery space at Millennium Place presents a back-to-school special exhibition for the month of September with new works by talented seven-year-old artist Tazara Lopes.

The Art of Tazara features drawings by Tazara on canvases painted by her artist/graphic designer mom Cary Campbell-Lopes. The duo’s creations have a vibrant, hipster-cartoon quality and were last seen in the gallery in September 2003 when Tazara was only five-years-old.

Tazara’s work can currently be seen on greeting cards for sale at the family’s Farmer’s Market booth and at café venues around Whistler. Tazara and Cary have also created cover designs for Pique Newsmagazine.

The Art Of Tazara will be on display as of Thursday, Sept. 1. Plans are in the works for an artist reception later in the month.

For information about shows at Millennium Place call 604-935-8410.

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