By Nicole Fitzgerald
When: Thursday, Nov. 9
Where: Dusty’s at Creekside
A 12-piece Afro-funk band, 18 artists, roaming performers,
performance art and of course food and wine come together to celebrate all
aspects of Whistler’s lush art community at the 11th annual ARTrageous party
Nov. 9 at Dusty’s in Creekside as part of Cornucopia celebrations —
Whistler’s biggest food and wine celebration Nov. 9 to 12.
“It’s a party to celebrate the arts of Whistler,” said
organizer Ali Richmond of the Whistler Arts Council. “We are going to focus on
every aspect of art, performers, art galleries and live music — a little
bit of everything for everyone.”
An art gallery will be hosted on the upstairs level of Dusty’s,
showcasing the work of established fine artists Debra MacArthur, Theresa Mura,
Dave Petko, Lynn Pocklington, Daniel Poisson, Erin Sieber, Andrew Smith, Josee
St. Amour, Vanessa Stark, Oliver Roy, Corinna Haight, Lindsay McLennan, Wim
Tewinkel and Stan Matwychuk. Local photographers will also display work
including Mark Richards, Greg Eymundson, Bruce Rowles, Blake Jorgenson and
Creagh Hawthorne. Artisans displaying their wares include Caroline Miller, Kate
Power and Mike Tyler.
Along with an appreciation of art, don’t forget to bring a
credit card to purchase displayed art which is all for sale.
Artwork will come off the walls and shelves with artists in
action at the show. Look for live glass blowing from Duane Perrett, painting
from Chili Thom and Stan Matwychuk and body-air brushing by local artists.
Dean Cote will also host the Experience a Portrait Experiment
where guests are invited to step into a studio for a picture with plenty of
atmosphere and props to get silly with. Photos will be available for purchase
and the images will also run throughout the night in a slideshow at the party.
The party assaults all the senses with DJ Vinyl Ritchie on deck
along with the 12-piece groovin’ juggernaut Five Alarm Funk.
The Vancouver band is a rhythm machine that drives out a
delirium-inducing performance featuring searing guitar leads and horn solos
wailing over a four-man percussion maelstrom. The costumed, high-energy stage
show has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout B.C. Wacky
and wild, the funked up jazz band knows how to pack a dance floor.
Local restaurants will provide finger foods and in keeping with
Cornucopia, the wine will flow well into the night.
The Arty Farty Bus will shuttle guests from the Whistler
Village taxi loop beside Moguls Coffee Shop to Creekside, starting at 9 p.m.
and running until 2 a.m. Transportation is free.
Tickets are $30. Whistler Arts Council members get a special
Friends of WAC price by calling 604-938-9221.
For more information, visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.