Oh, ArtWalk. So much to see, so far to walk. There's plenty of talented artists worth checking out - and since it's running from June 20 to August 31, you have over two months to see it. But we understand if some of don't have the time to check out all 50 venues this year. So Pique is offering up suggestions on what not to miss.
1. Alison Hodson @ Pasta Lupino : Fresh off a recent exhibition at Millennium Place, Hodson returns to the village with her photographic portraits of the still life, integrated with threads and fabric to accentuate the image.
2. A Taste of Artwalk Group Show with Dave Petko and Devin White: Master of the lowbrow and tattooist extraordinaire Dave "Pepe" Petko funks up Millennium Place alongside Devin White, a promising 18 year-old Whistler local whose work may inspire the new Weird Whistler some of us are praying for.
3. Chili Thom @ Sushi Village : Yeah, everyone knows Chili Thom. His delightfully hallucinogenic slant on the natural world adorns living room walls and a few public spaces throughout town. But it's art worth revisiting, again and again.
4. Kassia O'Connor @ Razzmatazz Hair Inc.: Her photography is as stark and gritty as it is inviting, taking the viewer through a tour of dilapidated back alleys and nature's most jarring landscapes
5. Lani Imre @ La Brasserie des Artistes and The Mix by Ric's : She won the 2010 Artist Award of Excellence through the WAC and so she can showcase her work in two places. Her paintings are stark representations of femininity in the modern age. It is hard to swallow but harder yet to turn away from.
6. Laurel Terlesky @ Shaw Cable : A favourite at this year's State of the Art, Terlsky's street-art inspired paintings depict our complicated but beautiful relationship with technology and nature.
7. Paul Bride @ Aava Whistler Hotel : The Squamish photographer's work looks like film, animation and acrylic rolled into one image, which means that, really, he's just a mighty fine photographer.
8. Taka Sudo @ Showcase Snowboards : The Japanese artist moved to B.C. in 2001 and takes his influence from both cultures, melding the hyper-urban aesthetic of Tokyo with Whistler's natural beauty to create these bizarre depictions of deer, gorillas and whatever else Sudo can re-imagine, for the sake of art.