The Whistler art-walking tour is a great way to experience local galleries and public art pieces. Self-guided brochures are available at Millennium Place or online at www.whistlerartscouncil.com.
Also, many local cafes, restaurants, bars and retail outlets offer up their walls as display spaces for visual artists. Keep your eyes open because you never know where you might spy that essential piece.
The local farmers markets are also an important part of the summer art scene with a wide variety of photographers, clothing designers, artists and jewelry artisans displaying. Check out the Whistler Farmers Market every Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Upper Village and the new Franzs Trail Outdoor Market in Creekside every Saturday from 11-4 p.m.
Industrial Art Show
Special one-night event hosted by Merlins in the Upper Village. Clothing design, jewelry, paintings, graffiti canvases and metal art. Participating artists include Josee St.Amour, Pepe, Scott Johnston, Erin Sieber and more. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. Ph: 604-938-7735.
First Nations Art Exhibition
Weekend exhibition and sale of traditional First Nations art featuring carvers, painters, jewelry artisans and weavers from Northwest Coastal B.C. Demos throughout the exhibition. Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28, noon-6 p.m. Harmony Ballroom, Four Seasons Resort. www.fourseasons.com.
The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
Renowned Canadian artists in a classic setting. Aug. 27-31: One Mans Perspective - new exhibition by painter Cameron Bird. Artist demo Saturday, Aug. 27, 2-3 p.m., exhibition reception 5-9 p.m. Whistler Village Resort Gallery Row. Ph: 604-938-0887. www.adele-campbell.com.
The Gallery at Millennium Place
Community gallery space with monthly shows. On the walls for August: Unreal Perception - acrylic landscapes by Joan Baron. Starting Sept. 1: The Art Of Tazara - new works by seven-year-old Tazara Lopes. Upstairs Foyer. Ph: 604-935-8410. www.myplacewhistler.org.
Upper Vision Gallery
Regularly changing displays by up-and-coming visual artists. Currently showing Blush - acrylic paintings and ink drawings by Penticton-based artist Sarah Fahey. BBKs Pub, Upper Village. Ph: 604-932-9795.
West Coast Gallery
Strong roster of classic painters including Hessam, Maya Eventov and American realist wine artist Thomas Arvid. New addition to the roster - local glass artist Duane Perrett. Pan Pacific Lodge. Ph: 604-935-0087. www.westcoastartgallery.com.
Expressions Art Studio & Gallery
Studio, gallery, and paint-your-own-ceramics shop showcasing funky glass, wood, fibre arts, ceramics and photography. Regular creative classes and workshops. Call for rates/times. Tyndall Stone Lodge. Ph: 604-932-2822. www.expressionsartstudio.com.
Mountain Gallery Chateau Whistler
Contemporary Canadian paintings, ceramics, glass, bronze and stone works. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort. Ph: 604-935-1862. www.mountaingalleries.com.
The Plaza Galleries