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Art out in the open

Painting on the Peak exposes artist process and great outdoors



What: Painting on the Peak

When: Saturday, Aug. 12

Where: Whistler Mountain

Tickets: $99

Art enthusiasts are invited to watch painters work from inspiration to canvas in a new interactive art event called Painting on the Peak Saturday on Whistler Mountain.

"We have always wanted to make more of a connection between our artists and the landscapes we have," said Adele Campbell gallery director Mary Forseth. "We are taking the art world to new heights; taking people to places they’ve never seen before. It’s really an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our most prominent artists."

Painters and non-painters alike are invited to join four of B.C.’s top landscape artists on the mountain where artists will paint a new work from scratch, all using the same subject matter.

"It will be so interesting to see the different take on the same scenery," Forseth said.

The four artists showcased at the workshop are Cameron Bird, Rod Charlesworth, David Langevin and Mike Svob.

Bird began painting professionally at the age of 17. College followed, with a major in commercial art. It was at this time that artists such as The Group of Seven became the inspiration behind Bird’s work.

The Group of Seven was also a key motivator for Charlesworth. Surrealist artists also influenced his artistic development. As a result, Charlesworth has taken a keen interest in experimenting with colour and the physical qualities of paint. His art has graced the pages of many art magazines and found its way into numerous corporate collections.

Langevin also enjoys experimenting with paint. After obtaining a Masters degree in art education he discovered an elaborate system of using multiple layers of transparent and translucent paint, called glazes and scrumbles, to create a dramatic sense of depth and inner life to his works.

Drama is also found in works of Svob’s work, which is characterized by a strong use of bold colour. The former president of the Federation of Canadian Artists, who is also a pilot and world traveler, has devoted his life to creative expression; impassioned by the visual presentation that life has to offer.

The event includes a gondola ride up and down Whistler Mountain, artist talks, witnessing the painting process from beginning to finish, lunch, and a private reception and exhibition at the gallery to finish.

Tickets are $99. To register, call the gallery at 604-938-0887 or e-mail art@adelecampbell.com.