The Whistler art-walking tour is a great way to experience local galleries and public art pieces. Self-guided brochures are available at 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 visual artists. Keep your eyes open because you never know where you might spy that essential piece.
The local farmer’s markets are also an important part of the summer art scene with a wide variety of photographers, clothing designers, artists and jewelry artisans displaying. Check out the Whistler Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Upper Village and the new Franz’s Trail Outdoor Market in Creekside every Saturday from 11-4 p.m.
The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
Renowned Canadian artists in a classic setting. Running Aug. 27-31: ‘One Man’s Perspective’ - new exhibition by painter Cameron Bird. Artist demo Saturday, Aug. 27, 2-3 p.m., exhibition reception 5-9 p.m. Whistler Village Resort Gallery Row. Ph: 604-938-0887. www.adele-campbell.com.
Upper Vision Gallery
Regularly changing displays by up-and-coming visual artists. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 18: Blush - acrylic paintings and ink drawings by Penticton artist Sarah Fahey. Artist reception Thursday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.-close. BBK’s Pub, Upper Village. Ph: 604-932-9795.
The Gallery at Millennium Place
Community gallery space with monthly shows. On the walls for August: ‘Unreal Perception’ - acrylic landscapes by Joan Baron. Upstairs Foyer. Ph: 604-935-8410.
West Coast Gallery
Strong roster of classic painters including Hessam, Maya Eventov and American realist wine artist Thomas Arvid. New addition to the roster - local glass artist Duane Perrett. Pan Pacific Lodge. Ph: 604-935-0087. www.westcoastartgallery.com.
Expressions Art Studio & Gallery
Studio, gallery, and paint-your-own-ceramics shop showcasing funky glass, wood, fibre arts, ceramics and photography. Regular creative classes and workshops. Call for rates/times. Tyndall Stone Lodge. Ph: 604-932-2822. www.expressionsartstudio.com.
Mountain Gallery Chateau Whistler
Contemporary Canadian paintings, ceramics, glass, bronze and stone works. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort. Ph: 604-935-1862. www.mountaingalleries.com.
The Plaza Galleries
A wide variety of paintings, sculptures and jewelry from renowned Canadian and international artists. Town Plaza, Village North.
Ph: 604-938-6233. www.plazagalleries.com.
Object Design Gallery
"Wearable art" custom handmade jewelry. Monthly guest visual artists. Showing in August: underwater photographer Rick Pegeler. Ph: 604-905-7768. www.objectdesigngallery.com.
The Path Gallery
Fine native art works and jewelry. In-house custom framing studio. Tyndall Stone Lodge. Ph: 604-932-7570. www.pathgallery.com.
Whistler Village Art Gallery
Elegant space showcasing bold contemporary paintings, sculptures and mixed-media. Whistler Village Resort Gallery Row. Ph: 604-938-3001. www.whistlerart.com.