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Artists in action

Painting on the Peak expands to two days with a Painter’s Clinic

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By Nicole Fitzgerald

What: Painting on the Peak

When: Aug. 11

Where: Whistler Mountain

Tickets: $129

Sheree Blanche, a familiar name around Whistler’s art scene, decided to refuel her paint brush last year and participate in the Adele Campbell Gallery’s Painting on the Peak, a day-long workshop that unites prominent artists with art lovers in the mountains.

“I thought it was amazing; I learned so much,” Blanche said. “I couldn’t believe the confidence of the painters to take up their paints and paint in front of a large group like that. To be out in the field and see a painting be created from beginning to end was one of the highlights of my summer.”

A few months later Blanche was working at the gallery, continuing to share her passion for art. She’ll also be taking part in this year’s second annual Painting on the Peak workshop, Aug. 11 on Whistler Mountain.

“It’s a really organic and informative experience,” Blanche said.

The event celebrates artists in action by connecting prominent landscape painters with artists and art lovers at an all-day workshop. Artists will paint in the mountains with workshop participants looking on and learning about colour, light and composition. Guests will watch the painting process from beginning to finish. An artist panel discussion will follow, allowing guests to tap into some of Canada’s most talented painters.

Artists showcased include returning talents Cameron Bird, Rod Charlesworth, David Langevin, Mike Svob and, new this year, Nancy O’Toole.

The connection between artists, landscapes and art lovers was a mountain-high success last year. So much so, organizers added a second day-workshop option this year. Painting on the Peak participants can put the tips and techniques they learned from their Aug. 11 mountain adventure into action the following day at the Painter’s Clinic.

“We’ll be reversing the roles the second day so participants will paint under the guidance of painting (instructors) of their choice,” she said. “It will be a huge opportunity to learn from Canada’s top painters.”

The course is only open to artists who participated in the Aug. 11 workshop.

Painting on the Peak is $129 and includes a breakfast welcome, gondola ride, artist discussions, a luncheon buffet and evening reception.

The Painter’s Clinic is $149.

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

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