The GOODS from Arts Whistler
Whistler, BC | Arts Whistler is shining a spotlight on Whistler’s arts scene this January. The month is loaded with wellness events, markets, creative workshops, gallery and exhibit openings, local music, language classes and much more – all the things that make Whistler the vibrant and dynamic place it is. Check it out…
Events, Performances, Workshops
BOOK CLUB: GRADES 5, 6, AND 7
January 13 | 3:30pm | Whistler Public Library
Book clubs meet Fridays once a month for book discussion, creative writing, and fun literacy games.
FIGURE & PORTRAIT CLASSES WITH NAFISA NAOMI
January 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 | 5pm | The Arts Centre
Want to push your life drawing skills further? Guest instructor and world renowned Australian portrait artist Nafisa Naomi is back in Whistler for the month of January and will be offering one hour instructional classes to help you develop your skills in portraiture and figurative drawing.
TATJANA MIRKOV-POPOVICKI ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
January 14 | 2pm-5pm | The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery
Pop into the gallery in the afternoon to watch the wonderful talented Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki create a masterpiece.
KIDS KONNECT TOURS
January 14 | 10:30am & 12pm | Audain Art Museum
The docents will lead families on tours of the Permanent Collection that have been specially designed to engage children. Activities, games, and movement bring the works of art to life.
IN THE STUDIO: CREATIVE COLLAGES
January 14 | 11am | Audain Art Museum
Join contemporary artist Renee Van Halm for an introduction to collage, and learn how décor, fashion, and architectural space govern contemporary experiences. Van Halm will guide you in the creation of an abstract painting inspired by your own unique collaged compositions.
FAMILY STUDIO SUNDAY: LIFE IN A SNOWGLOBE
January 15 | 1pm | Audain Art Museum
Let the inspiration and creativity flow in the art-making studio! Bring the family into the studio and imagine the possibilities of your own little world while making a snow globe.
January 15 | 7pm | Whistler Public Library
Do you love to sing? Do you love meeting new people? Do you like all types of rock music, new and old? Come out and sing with Barbed Choir. Meetings are twice monthly, drop-in, no registration or experience necessary.
YOGA AT THE AUDAIN
January 17 | 6pm | Audain Art Museum
Nourish the soul with a yoga practice set amongst the inspiring artwork of the Audain Art Museum. Qualified yoga instructors will lead you through a flowing session that will draw on the confluence of art and yoga. Classes are monthly and suitable for all levels.
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP
January 18, for 7 weeks | 10am | Whistler Public Library
If you’ve completed the Beginner Conversation Group, this is the next step. This class will also be great for those who want to brush the dust off their Spanish, or who need some extra practice before travelling. Registration required.
WHISTLER MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES
January 18 | 7pm | Whistler Museum
The Whistler Museum’s popular monthly Speaker Series is back. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, a cash bar, and good company while listening to engaging talks on a variety of topics. Find out who the next speaker is online.
PERSONAL PROJECTIONS EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
January 19 | 5:30pm | The Arts Centre
The Whistler Secondary School’s annual group exhibition is a showcase of Senior Art Students work. The work on display is a result of their final assignment which was to create a “Major Personal Project”. There is a wide variety of styles and subject matter. Come out and show your support at their show opening!
FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP FOR BEGINNERS
January 20, for 5 weeks | 4pm | Whistler Public Library
If you’re absolutely new to the language, or if it’s been many years since your last lesson, this group is for you. Registration required.
WHISTLER PRIDE AND SKI FESTIVAL
January 22-29 | Various Venues in Whistler
Don’t miss one of the biggest and best gay ski weeks in the world. The 25 th Whistler Pride and Ski Festival features a full slate of events including skiing and snowboarding, parties, dancing, and more.
– S’NO H’OS: WHISTLER NIGHT OF DRAG
January 24 | 9pm | The CABN, Aava Whistler Hotel
An evening of fun and frivolity hosted by the unstoppable Conni Smudge and the unreformable vixen Carlotta Gurl. Dress up or dress down, this night is all about having a gay ol’ time and dancing the night away with DJ Andes.
– SNOW LANDING STARRING PAM ANN
January 25 | 7:30pm | Whistler Conference Centre
An unforgettable night of comedy with international superstar air hostess, Pam Ann as she touches down in Whistler for a hilarious flight, poking fun at travel and the travel experience.
– 7 TH ANNUAL WHISTLER PRIDE AND SKI PARADE
January 27 | 3pm | Whistler Mountain
Join skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the Olympic Run on Whistler Mountain to Skier’s Plaza and then march through Whistler Olympic Plaza. Rainbow flags, colour, and excitement are the highlights of this parade where everyone is welcome to celebrate Pride.
BLACK AND WHITE PARTY: SAVE HOWARD THE PIANO FUNDRAISER
January 22 | 6pm | The Point Artist-Run Centre
The Point Artist-Run Centre has refurbished the original Howard upright piano inside the heritage lodge. Join in on an evening featuring some of the area’s finest pianists, dinner, Buy-a- Key fundraiser, and cash bar.
COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB: FIFTEEN DOGS BY ANDRE ALEXIS
January 25 | 7pm | Whistler Public Library
Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books have joined forces to start a Community Book Club. Free and open to all, the club meets on the last Wednesday of each month.
FILM MOVEMENT: MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
January 26 | 7pm | Whistler Public Library
Each month the Whistler Public Library screens a foreign or art film that you will likely not see anywhere else. In this blockbuster South Korean film, life-long lovebirds, Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol, have been inseparable companions for 76 years. Documentary. Not rated.
ARTS WHISTLER LIVE!’S INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT
January 26 | 8pm | The Arts Centre
The world’s premier touring guitarists come to Whistler for International Guitar Night. The show brings together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas and riffs. Cash bar.
WRITE INTO THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
January 28 | 10am-4pm | Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island
If you’re a lapsed, stuck, frustrated, distracted, bored, haunted and/or hungry writer who feels called to a word-ly adventure – this workshop is for you. Learn tips and tricks to improve your writing with Creativity Coach, Donaleen Saul.
ARMCHAIR TOURS WITH DAVID MCCOLM
January 31 | 7pm | Whistler Public Library
Local photographer David McColm is well known for his beautiful photographs of the lava flows, glaciers, and striking skies of Iceland. Having traveled there several times, and having recently visited Greenland for the first time, David will share his experiences from traveling in and photographing these beautiful countries.
CREATIVE GROUPS AND ONGOING CLASSES
Mondays & Wednesdays | 3pm-6pm | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Extend your fun with family activities and entertainment in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Check out live music, activities, games, and arts and crafts for the whole family.
DRINK AND DRAW
Mondays | 6pm-8pm | Various Pubs in Whistler
Grab a drink and join in on this social drawing club. No experience necessary, just grab a pen and start drawing!
Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm | Fridays, 5pm-7pm | The Arts Centre
Improve your figure drawing skills by emulating the human form on paper with a live model present. Easels and boards will be provided.
CULTURE MAPS: SELF-GUIDED ARTS AND CULTURE TOURS
Discover public art, galleries, and the Cultural Connector. Arts Whistler’s Culture Maps are a catalyst for creative discovery. Explore the digital map or pick up your printed guide at the Arts Centre.
MADE IN WHISTLER MARKET
Saturdays | 12pm-6pm | The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
The ultimate market for one-of- a-kind items by local artisans. Stock up on fresh baked goods, hand-made artisan wares, and get to know your local creatives.
WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN? HEALING THE LEGACY OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
On now – April | Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
This exhibit explores the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System through survivor stories, archival photographs, and documents curated by Iroquois artist, Jeff Thomas.
INTERSECTIONS: CONTEMPORARY ARTIST FILMS
On now – February 6 | Audain Art Museum
The over-arching narrative of this exhibition relates to ideas about the intersections of time, space, place, and larger global social narratives related to the environment and the migration of people and ideas.
FRED HERZOG: SHADOWLANDS
January 20 – May 22 | Audain Art Museum
This exhibit features a distinctive collection of 20 Herzog photographs that have never before been assembled. Highly contrasted areas of light and dark, created by shadows from elements within each image, are presented to create unique compositions.
January 12 – February 7 | The Gallery at the Arts Centre
The Whistler Secondary School’s annual group exhibition is a showcase of Senior Art Students work. The work on display is a result of their final assignment which was to create a “Major Personal Project”. There is a wide variety of styles and subject matter.
Executive Director: Maureen Douglas
ABOUT ARTS WHISTLER
Creativity is in our nature. Discover it in yours. Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for the Arts Whistler Live!, and hosts year-round, free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.Arts Whistler supports the arts community with an emphasis on collaborative efforts including the Pop-Up Art Studio, the Cultural Connector project, and rotating exhibitions from Whistler artists in The Gallery at the Arts Centre.