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Whistler Museum celebrates vintage photos in new exhibit

Arts News: WFF Music Showcase search opens; Squamish ArtWalk; Copper and Fire

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Vintage Whistler comes alive once more in a new exhibition at the Whistler Museum.

The Whistler Question: A Photographic History 1978 — 1985 takes photos from Pique's sister paper to paint a picture of the early days of the resort, long before it had two mountain ski areas and when the Olympics remained but a dream.

The exhibition also celebrates the museum's recent digitization of almost 35,000 negatives into its collection.

The official opening night takes place on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m., with talks by Paul Burrows, who founded the newspaper in 1976, and Glenda Bartosh, the second publisher and owner of the paper.

Both will recall their own stories from that early period in Whistler's history, and provide the context for the Question's work.

The Whistler Question is Whistler's longest-running newspaper and covered significant milestones in the resort's development, such as the construction of Whistler Village in 1981, the opening of Blackcomb Mountain and the 1982 Alpine Skiing World Cup.Local characters such as Whistler pioneer Seppo Makinen and long-lost venues, including the notorious Boot Pub, are also remembered.

The digitized photos have also been uploaded to the museum's photo-hosting website www.whistlermuseum.smugmug.com, and can be accessed by the public online.

WFF Music Showcase search opens

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF), in association with Music BC, has issued a call for musicians for its fourth annual WFF Music Showcase, which will run during the 2017 festival from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.

Up to 10 B.C. songwriters and artists will perform over the course of the festival, and have the chance to meet international film and music executives and delegates attending WFF.

Alex Grigg, the executive director of Music BC Industry Association, said in a release: "The B.C. music industry has thrived from the support and relationships in the film and television sector and we look forward to building on this."

The application deadline is Oct. 1.

Current members of Music BC can apply online at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com or www.musicbc.com.

Squamish ArtWalk opens

The Squamish ArtWalk has opened with 45 artists showing at 40 galleries, businesses and studios in Squamish and Britannia Beach. It runs from Sept. 1 to 30.

There are guided bike tours on Sept. 9, 16 and 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. departing from Brennan Park Recreation Centre.

Free creative workshops are also being offered for adults and children.

For more information, visit www.squamishvisuals.ca.

Copper & Fire Arts day

Britannia Mine Museum is hosting eight metal and earthenware artists at its annual Copper & Fire Arts event on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Works by Byron Anderson, Sarah Groves, Madisen Hilligoss, Ania Kyte, Angela Muellers, Tatiana Shilova, Valeri and Valentina Sokolovski, and Jim Unger will be on show, including sculpture, copper plate portraits, jewelry and more.

Admission to the museum for Copper & Fire will be half price.

For more information, call 1-800-896-4044 or visit www.britanniaminemuseum.ca.

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