The Whistler art-walking tour is a great way to experience local galleries and public art pieces. Self-guided brochures are available at MY Millennium Place or online at www.whistlerartscouncil.com. Also, many local cafes, restaurants, bars and retail outlets offer up their walls as display spaces for local visual artists.
Keep your eyes open because you never know where you might spy that essential piece...
The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival presents an exhibition of street and undergroundartworks displayed in a temporary gallery space in the Whistler gondola building. International and local artists working in canvas, sculpture, film, photography, graphics, graffiti, and skateboard decks. Tuesday April 12-Sunday, April 17. www.whistler2005.com.
Pro Photographer Showdown
8th Annual TWSSF invitational event featuring photo slideshows set to music. Gala showcase of past winners Eric Berger, Aaron Chang, J. Grant Brittain, Blake Jorgenson, Dave Heath, Jon Humphries, and Jason Childs. Wed., April 13. Telus Conference Centre. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. www.whistler2005.com.
Photo slide show and mountain bike videos from Ilja Herb, Ian Hylands, Sterling Lorence, Mattias Fredriksson, Warwick Patterson, Andrew Naysmith and Big Red Ted. Fundraiser for Zero Ceiling Society. Friday, April 8, MY Millennium Place. Reception at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival event. www.whistler2005.com.
Expressions Art Studio & Gallery
Studio/gallery/paint-your-own-ceramics shop showcasing funky glass, wood, fibre arts and ceramics. Regular artist demonstrations and classes. April 13-14 "Take Your Camera Off Automatic" photography workshop with Leanna Rathkelly. $75. Call 604-932-2822 to register. Tyndall Stone Lodge.
The Gallery at MY Millennium Place
On the walls for April: "Outta Sight" solo show of photographic works by Arne Gutmann in eclectic, found-object, handmade frames. Upstairs Foyer. Ph: 604-935-8410.
Whistler Village Art Gallery
A gorgeous space showcasing bold contemporary paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works. Whistler Village Resort (gallery row). Ph: 604-938-3001. www.whistlerart.com.
The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
Renowned Canadian artists in a classic setting. Whistler Village Resort (gallery row). Ph: 604-938-0887. www.adele-campbell.com.
Snow City Glassworks
Glass blowing, fusing and etching by resident artist Duane Perrett. Open studio Saturday-Wednesday. Studio time/space available for rent. Alpha Lake Road, Function Junction. Ph: 604-932-4748. www.snowcityglassworks.com.
Classy gallery and in-house framing studio showcasing contemporary B.C. artists. Recently added to the roster: progressive ceramic artist Geoff Searle. 1050 Millar Creek Road., Function Junction. Ph: 604-938-9000. www.artjunction.ca.
Mountain Gallery at Chateau Whistler
Contemporary Canadian paintings, ceramics, glass, bronze and stone sculpture and other handcrafted items. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort. www.mountaingalleries.com.