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The First Whistler ArtWalk

From A to Z



What: First Whistler ArtWalk

Where: 17 various locations throughout Whistler Village

When : Opening receptions in all venues tonight (Friday, July 9) 6:30-9 p.m. Artwork remains on display through July 31.

A is for Amos & Andes – look way, way up for a top shelf display of floral paintings by Monika Van Wollen.

B is for Behind the Grind. The coffee shop/eatery/hangout in the hub of the village attracts more than its share of colourful characters on a daily basis. Arne Gutmann’s photos are now a part of the delicious organized chaos.

C is for ceramics. If in the course of the ArtWalk you’re inspired to create a unique and exciting work of your own, pull up a chair at Expressions and paint your own ceramic piece.

D is for Doti Niedermayer, illustrious director of the Whistler Arts Council and mastermind of the ArtWalk, unstoppable when paired with charming assistant Kelly Clark.

E is for is for Expressions. The art studio and gallery on the Whistler Village stroll has jewelry by Caroline Miller and kitschy ceramic creations from Borgi Rayen’s Clayfunkionals studio in Creekside.

F is for the Farmers Market. Many artists and artisans featured in the ArtWalk are regular vendors at the weekly market, which takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Upper Village (Blackcomb Benchlands). Look for Tess Klein, Chili Thom, Dean Cote, Borgi Rayen and more every week until October, rain or shine.

G is for Greasy Jack & Julie Ann Rigby. The popular Pemberton duo will be singing their good time, country-fied rock and blues tunes tonight as ArtWalkers stroll on by. G is also for Gontier, as in Josh – acoustic solo artist and one fifth of popular local funk collective Slow Nerve Action, who will also be adding to the ArtWalk soundtrack along with local folkies from the Rutherford Creek Trio and eclectic percussionist Kosta-Man.

H is for Hot Box Coffee & Internet. H is also for "hothouse" with Pemberton-based painter Michelle Boudreau’s delicious, graphic paintings of fruits and vegetables adding a fresh, earthy vibe to the cozy Internet cafe.

I is for in-house receptions. All venues will be hosting concurrent exhibit receptions tonight (Friday, July 9) between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Expect to see many of the featured artists in attendance.

J is for Jorgenson, Blake Jorgenson. The local rebel photographer’s striking images turn terrain into art and everyday life into rock ’n’ roll. Photos bearing the mark of his uncompromising style grace the walls of the Escape Route.