ItÕs 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. Mapped brochures are available online at www.whislterartscouncil.com, at MY Millennium Place and at information centres throughout Whistler Village.
Up for something a little different this week? Check out works by WhistlerÕs underground art community at ÔBe Mine or DieÕ a Valentines Day art show with an edge, Sunday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.-midnight at Southside Diner in Creekside.
Contemporary and vintage pieces for home interiors and works by local artists Lyle MacDonald, Lynn Pocklington, Patty Sanudo and Richard Driegers. Whistler Marketplace. Ph: 604-905-4044.
The Gallery at MY Millennium Place
On the walls through the month of February: Out of Bounds-Tales from the BackcountryÐjuried photo exhibition presented by the Whistler Arts Council as part of the monthlong Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Festival. Best of Show prize based on peopleÕs choice vote. Works by Out of Bounds exhibitors also displayed throughout the village at various businesses. Upstairs Foyer. Ph: 604-935-8410. www.whistlermillenniumpl.com.
Black Tusk Gallery
Bold works by Northwest Coast aboriginal artists. 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. Upcoming show of new works by Laura Harris beginning Feb. 19. Artist reception 5-9 p.m. 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. Showcasing new rainforest-themed works by Calgary-based painter Diane Ostioch starting Feb. 19. Wine and cheese reception 2-5 p.m. 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. BBKÕs 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. 1050 Millar Creek Road., Function Junction. Ph: 604-938-9000. www.artjunction.ca.
Whistler Village Art Gallery
A gorgeous renovated space displaying old favourites and new artists. Whistler Village Resort (lobby level gallery row). Sister gallery at the Westin Resort. Ph: 604-938-3001. www.whistlerart.com.