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This week on the Whistler arts scene

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The Path Gallery, a West Coast native art gallery in Whistler Village, is currently hosting Kwakiutl carver Gary Peterson.

Peterson is working on a traditional bentwood box project in residence at The Path, which he is carving out of red and yellow cedar. The finished box will feature traditional bear and raven crests and an abalone inlay.

Peterson is a multi-talented artist/musical performer who has made several appearances on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

Path Gallery owner/operator Britt Germann said Peterson will be working for another two-three weeks to complete the bentwood box project and welcomes visitors to talk about his craft.

Glass goes public

Whistler glass artist Duane Perrett is taking the mesmerizing art of glassblowing outside the studio with a series of demonstrations starting this weekend.

Perrett will be doing live glassblowing at the 23 rd annual Whistler Children’s Art Festival at Franz’s Trail in Creekside on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Perrett will also stage glassblowing demonstrations at the Whistler Farmer’s Market in the Upper Village on Sunday, July 24 and Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Perrett maintains the Snow City Glassworks studio in Function Junction and is currently a participant in the ongoing Whistler Village ArtWalk, a month-long exhibition of works by artists from the Sea to Sky corridor placed in 27 different businesses, retail outlets, eateries and galleries, organized along a mapped route. Perrett’s ArtWalk venue is the West Coast Gallery in the Pan Pacific hotel. ArtWalk brochures are available at all venues and info centres.

Last Art Room for the summer

Tuesday evening, July 26, marks the last session of The Art Room for the summer.

The weekly community open studio operates out of the art room at Whistler Secondary School and includes pottery, photography and printmaking facilities as well as space for other visual arts such as painting. The art room also features regular workshops and demonstrations by professional artists working in the Sea To Sky corridor.

The weekly sessions have been occurring since late April and are administrated by Whistler Parks and Recreation. Recreation programmer Stephanie Coughlin said plans are to start The Art Room up again in September.

The Art Room runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. with a $6 drop in fee, and extra charge for clay. For more information call 604-902-1433.

Creation Station looking for a few good art pieces

Visual arts contributions are being sought for an upcoming collaborative show at The Creation Station — a studio/gallery in Function Junction run by painter Chili Thom and designer KLC Nash.

The Creation Station celebrated its grand opening in June with Freaky Friday–a show that featured works by several underground artists from Whistler and Vancouver.

Those interested in contributing to the next Creation Station event can email Thom for more information at info@chilithom.com, or stop by the duo’s booth at the Farmer’s Market this Sunday in the Upper Village.

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