Street artist and muralist Kris Kupskay is opening his first-ever solo show with an impressive new centrepiece for Whistler.
Along with 12 canvases in Spread the Pineapple, a 24-metre by 2.4-metre mural will be unveiled above Gallery Lane in Whistler Village.
The mural, completed in February, was painted with help from Kupskay's girlfriend Taylor Godber.
"The theme of this mural is twofold," said Kupskay in an email.
"The idea was to have a sense of fine art as well as a Whistler Mountain spin. The mural was done on wood and painted in gray scale, with sections of wood grain still showing though."
Kupskay says geometric artist MC Escher was an influence on the piece.
"We were setting the bar as high as we could," Kupsay said. "We were going for classy and timeless."
The artworks in the show have a strong pineapple theme, he added.
The show opens with a launch at Forlise Whistler (Lululemon's store for men) in the village on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Last fall, Kupskay won Hewlett Packard's national competition #BendTheRules and a $25,000 first prize.
Line-up named for WSSF Pro Photographer Showdown
Five international photographers are battling to win the 2015 Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown and its $10,000 first prize purse.
The competition, part of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, culminates in a gala of slideshows that takes place on Thursday, April 16 at the Whistler Conference Centre.
A panel of industry experts will choose the winning photographer.
To celebrate WSSF's 20th year, no pre-submission was required. Instead, some of the world's top photographers in action sports were invited.
The competitors are Brian Gaberman (California), Lorenz Holder (Germany), Mattias Fredriksson (Sweden), Reuben Krabbe (Whistler) and Todd Glaser (California).
Tickets for the gala can be purchased at www.wssf.com.
Submissions call opens for Whistler Film Festival
The Whistler Film Festival is seeking submissions for its 15th year, which takes place from Dec. 2 to 6, 2015.
The festival will feature up to 40 features and 50 shorts.
Canadian and international filmmakers can submit films of all lengths and genres. The early deadline is May 2. Final deadline is Aug. 31.
Submission guidelines are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Mayor's poetry challenge seeks submissions
Poets are invited to submit original poems to the Poet's Pause Poetry Competition.
The winning poems will be on display at the Alta Lake Park sculpture site, and read at a council meeting in April, as part of the Mayor's Poetry Challenge to celebrate National Poetry Month.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 31 at 3 p.m.
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