Its February, which means the local arts scene is alive with the Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Festival. The annual event is organized by the Whistler Arts Council to showcase local visual, cultural, literary and performing arts in the years leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. New this year is a special winter edition of ArtWalk. Local businesses become galleries by offering up wall space to local artists. Walk the ArtWalk this Friday night (Feb. 4) between 6 and 9 p.m. and meet the artists at informal opening night receptions hosted by the venues. Mapped brochures are available online at www.whislterartscouncil.com, at MY Millennium Place and at information centres throughout Whistler Village.
The Gallery at MY Millennium Place
On the walls through the month of February: Out of Bounds-Tales from the Backcountryjuried photo exhibition presented by the Whistler Arts Council as part of the monthlong Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Festival. Best of Show prize based on peoples choice vote. Works by Out of Bounds exhibitors also displayed throughout the village at various businesses. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4, 7-10 p.m. Upstairs Foyer. Ph: 604-935-8410. www.whistlermillenniumpl.com.
Black Tusk Gallery
Bold works by aboriginal Northwest Coast aboriginal artists. Special exhibition this weekend of new works by renowned Kwakwakawakw carver Rande Cook. Cook will be in attendance for the gallerys ArtWalk reception on Friday evening and will be carving jewelry in-house Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Whistler Village Resort (lobby level gallery row). Ph: 604-905-5540. www.blacktusk.ca.
The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
Elegant space showcasing renowned local and Canadian artists. Annual winter exhibition of new works by Rod Charlesworth. Whistler Village Resort (lobby level gallery row). Ph: 604-938-0887. www.adele-campbell.com.
The Gallery at Chateau Whistler
Contemporary Canadian paintings, ceramics, glass, bronze and stone sculpture and other authentic handcrafted items. Currently showcasing porcelain works by clay artisan Jan Phelan. Fairmont
Chateau Whistler Resort. www.thegallerychateauwhistler.com.
A new gallery and framing studio in Whistler Village. Fine native art works and jewelry. Tyndall Stone Lodge. Ph: 604-932-7570.
VISEYE Photo Gallery Photo gallery on the walls of the cozy pub in the Blackcomb Benchlands. BBKs Pub, Upper Village. www.viseyephotogallery.com.
West Coast Gallery
Acclaimed Canadian artists in a variety of media. Pan Pacific Lodge. Ph: 604-935-0087. www.westcoastartgallery.com.
A classy gallery and in-house framing studio showcasing contemporary B.C. artists. A recent addition to the roster is Inukshuck oil painter Ken Kirby. 1050 Millar Creek Road, Function Junction. Ph: 604-938-9000. www.artjunction.ca.
Whistler Village Art Gallery