The artists here in the Sea to Sky corridor are a creative, talented lot and they know how to throw one hell of a party. And Whistler's annual official art party, Artrageous, which is held during Cornucopia each year, is considered by many to be the crème de la crème of local artistic events.
Organized by the Whistler Arts Council, this event always draws a capacity crowd with a lineup of incredible live art, music and fun for all. This year organizers are already on the hunt for visual artists from any and all mediums to contribute to the themed event, which has been dubbed The S2S Masterpiece.
They're challenging local artists to submit their best works of arts - masterpieces, if you will - which best showcase their creative talents and artistic identities.
Anyone interested in submitting should fill out an artist application, which can be found on WAC's website, complete a brief statement about the submission and include one to three JPEGs of the work. The pieces will be juried by a group of peers and professionals, with the selected work hung for the night of ARTrageous and potentially the duration of Cornucopia.
Deadline for application is Friday, Oct. 23, and selected artists will be notified no later than Friday, Oct. 30.
Crystal Lounge hosts Whistler talent
The Crystal Lounge kicks off its search for Whistler's most talented musicians tonight with its first preliminary round of Whistler's Got Talent.
The competition will see local musicians (solo or group with original or cover material) performing on Thursday Oct. 1, 8, and 15. Then, the winners from each round will go onto the finals on Oct. 22. A panel of judges will select the top performers based on crowd response, technical ability, presentation and originality.
Anyone interested in taking part in the event can fill out a registration form at the Crystal Lounge. Even if you're certain you lack musical talent, feel free to come out and watch the competitors throw down on stage.
Dressing up Squamish's streets
The District of Squamish and Squamish Arts Council are looking for Sea to Sky artists' help in beautifying the downtown area, Highway 99 and other spots in the District.
Youth, students, professional and emerging artists from throughout the Sea to Sky corridor are all invited to submit their design ideas for new street banners, which will be on display for the 2009-2010 winter season.
Designs should be influenced by the uniqueness of Squamish, using the themes of art and culture, environment or sport, and reflect the fall and winter season, using a maximum of three elements and four strong colours. The winning design will receive a cash prize of $300. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 2.
For full application details, visit www.bigboldbeautifulbanner.com.
Know a hopeless handyman?
The folks from Discovery Channel's hit show Canada's Worst Handyman are asking the people of Whistler, once again, to nominate any "wannabe Mr. Fix Its" from the area who could use some formal training for the fifth season of the program.
This time around, the selected candidates will be renovating a frat house in Ontario, after completing "reno rehab" to learn the basics, properly.
If you know someone who's hapless with a hammer, do everyone a favour and contact email@example.com or 1-866-598-2591.
Bob Williams is SLCC's speaker Oct. 4
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre launched a weekly Sunday Speakers Series at the beginning of September, inviting a range of community and non-profit groups in to use their space to help raise awareness of local and global initiatives.
So far, the centre has played host to groups like Bear Aware, Empress Coaching and Pemberton Public Library.
This Sunday, Oct. 4, the folks from Leadership Sea to Sky are stepping up to the podium. During a speaker and forum session, Bob Williams, the former NDP government cabinet minister, Vancouver city councillor and Vancity board member, will be discussing programs like Community Pioneers, Leaders and Mentors for Mountain Communities of the Future. Williams has close ties to Whistler, as he had a central role in saving Blackcomb Mountain from logging and creating Whistler Village.
Entry to all SLCC Speakers Series are open to the public and are free or by donation.