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Design night raises funds for Whistler Arts Council



By Nicole Fitzgerald

Prior, a Whistler ski and snowboard company, has supported local artists by commissioning them to design top sheets for its one of a kind rides since the company moved to Whistler in 2000.

The company, headed by Chris Prior, decided to do something different this year to celebrate not only artists but also the Whistler arts community as a whole.

The crew of Prior, Dean Thompson and Theresa Clinton handpicked three established local artists to design the 2008 topsheet lineup and decided to host a launch party with a live artist exhibit, prizes and proceeds benefiting the Whistler Arts Council (WAC), a non-profit organization that champions arts in the Sea to Sky area.

“It’s a great cause and we want to promote local artists as well,” Prior said.

The Prior 2008 Topsheet Launch Party takes place Wednesday, April 18 at Maxx Fish during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Those attending the Pro Photographer Showdown earlier in the evening at the Telus Conference Centre can make their way over to the local village hangout that hosts monthly art shows in a make-shift-gallery space.

Art revelers can check out the artwork of Sea to Sky talents Vanessa Stark, Chili Thom and Oliver Roy, who will be in attendance and also painting live. The three will exhibit their topsheet creations inspired by the backcountry of the Coast Mountains, the changing of seasons and a snowboarder’s summer infatuation with surfing.

Raffle proceeds will benefit WAC. The first prize is a pair of custom Prior skis or a snowboard. Second prize is a Prior package of hoodie, T-shirt and cap. Third prize is two Performance Series passes for six shows at MY Millennium Place.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The winner does not have to be present at Maxx Fish on the night of the draw. Tickets are on sale now at Prior, WAC, Canski (village), Affinity (Clock Tower) and Showcase.

Proceeds will help fund WAC summer programming such as ArtWalk, the Whistler Children’s Art Festival and Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake.

DJ Mixmaster Fab, a.k.a. Paul Fournier, will be on deck to keep the dance floor hopping all night. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Telluride films screened for green cause

Get immersed in an evening of mountain adventure and culture without ever leaving your seat at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival on Wednesday, April 11 at MY Millennium Place.

The fundraiser for the Whistler Blackcomb Environmental Fund will screen eight films covering the globe from climbing in Yosemite to tribes in New Guinea.