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Letters to the Editor for the week of April 26th, 2012

Delivering another memorable Telus Festival

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Starting with the artists themselves who brought the lodge to life with their live music and painting: The K Band (Toshi, Kaori, Kaede and Sakura Kawano), Susan Holden, Jono Reichardt, Simon Stribling, Aude Rey, Rajan Das and Peter Vogler, as well as Ben Ashby and Steve Clark of WMN.FM Radio for kicking things off with a live broadcast of The Breakdown. Painters Christina Nick, Stan Matwychuk, Vincent Massey and Lisa Geddes, working in 15-minute segments, created a fascinating mural, "Morphology", that was raffled off at the end of the night. Thanks to the generous winner from Britain who donated it to The Point.

The long thank you list to local businesses and artists who donated auction items is a testament to the generosity of our town: Whistler Wired Vacation & Property Management, Whistler Brewery, The Fix Bicycle Products, Canadian Snowmobile Adventures, Whistler Film Festival, Short Skirt Theatre, David Buzzard Photography, The Flip Side, Katmandu, Whistler Backroads, Christina Nick, Whistler FotoSource, Hugh Kearney, Vincent Massey Pottery, Creekside Market, Blake Jorgenson Gallery, Angie Nolan, Brother Twang, Wim Tewinkel, Dusty's Bar, Leslie Anthony, Escape Route, SMD Auto, The Daily Planet, Re-Use-It Centre, Rob Ebbs (the Carpenter Guy), Marcus Samer (Ryders Eyewear), Duhb Linn Gate Irish Pub, Whistler Chocolate, Stephen Vogler, Penny Eder (White Dog Studio Gallery), and Finn Saarinen.

Thanks also to Tim Smith and Peter Vogler for expertly handling the sound, to Andrea Mueller for the awesome poster, Angie Nolan for organizing the silent auction, and Claudine Morchain for being there whenever called upon. Finally, thank you to everybody who came out to enjoy the evening and support their local artist-run initiative, and to Creekbread for supporting local non-profits every Tuesday night.

All proceeds will go toward summer programming at the former hostel, including Saturdays at The Point, the 1st Annual Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival, and the Work-in-Progress artists series. We look forward to seeing you at The Point on Alta Lake this summer to enjoy the heritage lodge and beautiful park through the lens of a vibrant local arts scene.

Stephen Vogler

The Point Artist-Run Centre Society

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