The GOODS from Arts Whistler
Whistler, BC | A whole season for the arts! Arts Whistler and the cultural community are shining a spotlight on Whistler’s arts scene this fall with Fall for Arts. Whistler’s autumn season is rich with popular festivals, art markets, creative workshops, galleries and exhibit openings, local music, and movie nights – all of which make Whistler the vibrant and dynamic place it is. Fall for Arts kicked off on September 1st and runs through early December. Here’s what’s to come on the immediate horizon in September…
Events Performances and Workshops
RANDY HAYASHI ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
September 11-15 | 10am-4pm | Free
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Mountain Galleries
Stop by, watch, and interact with Alberta-based artist Randy Hayashi as he creates beautiful landscape paintings live in the grand lobby of the Fairmont. This is part of Mountain Galleries ongoing, monthly Artist in Residence program.
BLOCKBUSTER FILMS: EDDIE THE EAGLE
September 13 | 7pm | Free | Location: Whistler Public Library
Discover a legendary character from the Calgary 1988 Olympics at the Whistler Public Library with a free screening of Eddie the Eagle. Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out.
WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL
September 14-18 | Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
A five-day festival of craft beer featuring two days of tasting events in Whistler Olympic Plaza, plus cask nights, seminars, foodie nights, and more. With over 120 beers on tap during the festival from over 50 breweries, and live music, this is an event not to be missed.
BARLEY & THE BEAST
September 16 | 6pm-9pm | Location: Grill & Vine, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler
Barley & The Beast returns for its third annual appearance at the Whistler Village Beer Festival. Always a sell-out event, this indulgent dinner features five courses of locally sourced ingredients perfectly paired with local craft beers from host Matt Dean, Brewmaster of Whistler Brewing Company.
WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT
September 17-18 | 12pm-5pm | Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
With 55 confirmed breweries and over 120 craft beers to sample, the Whistler Village Beer Festival takes the art of beer-making to a whole new level. Sip your way through the grounds, find your favourites, enjoy live music, and celebrate the art of beer!
THE WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL CONCERT SERIES
September 17 and 18 | 12pm-5pm | Location: Whistler Village
Nothing goes better with nice cold beer than live music. The WVBF Concert Series presents local bands on festival grounds and at pubs around the Village to keep the party going well into the evening.
BEER AND BRUSHES
September 16, 17, 18 | 5pm-7pm | Location: The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery
Beer and brushes – a combination we didn’t see coming, but seems so natural. Enjoy the relaxed, fun, and stunning environment of the gallery while you put brush to canvas and your lips to beer bottles. The workshops includes your beer, paint supplies, and canvas so you’re all set.
WHISTLER’S FIRST ANNUAL LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Come out and experience some of Whistler’s finest at this weekend showcase of Whistler’s booming live music scene. See well-known local favourites, discover some new bands, and join the party!
PRIOR’S ANNUAL TOPSHEET EXHIBITION LAUNCH
September 16 | 7pm | Free | Location: Prior Factory in Function Junction
Since 2001, Prior has been working with local artists to create art pieces that represent Whistler culture and putting these on their line of handcrafted skis and boards that are sold all over the world. The exhibition will be displayed at the launch, with online voting going live for the winner. Starting in November the finalists and winner will be on display at the Forlise store in Whistler Village.
FULL MOON WORLD PREMIERE
September 16 | 7pm and 9pm | Location: The Arts Centre
This might be one of the most exciting things to happen to snowboarding in the past five years. Leanne Pelosi, pro snowboarder, pioneer, and entrepreneur continues to give back to snowboarding with her latest project: Full Moon. A two-year long project, the end result is a feature film showcasing the top female backcountry riders in the world and taking a look at the past, present, and future perspective of women’s snowboarding.
INTRODUCTION TO SILKSCREENING WITH ANDREA MUELLER
September 17-18 | 10am-4pm | Location: Alta Lake Station House
Have you ever wanted to be able to print your own images on clothing at home? Learn the tricks and techniques of silkscreening that you can’t learn on YouTube. Andrea will teach you everything from how to prepare and shoot a screen, to printing tricks for fabric and paper.
FILM MOVEMENT: SEA FOG (SOUTH KOREA)
September 22 | 7pm | Free | Location: Whistler Public Library
Kang, a long time captain of the Jujjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold, leaving his entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. Each month the Whistler Public Library screens a foreign or art film you’re not likely to see anywhere else.
September 23 | 4pm-7pm | Free | Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Enjoy a special edition of Fairmont Fridays for Mudderella! Drink specials, appetizers, and live music.
THE CHAIR SERIES
September 24 | 7pm | Location: The Point Artist-Run Centre
Five characters, one chair, and a unique theatre experience by playwright John McGie. Presented by Between Shifts Theatre Company and The Point Artist-Run Centre.
MATCHSTICK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: RUIN TO ROSE
September 24 | 7pm and 9pm | Location: The Arts Centre
A world without water, consumed by sand: this is the Big Empty. On the edge of the endless desert, a group of children survive alone in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic.
ART WORKSHOPS ON THE LAKE: ACRYLIC EXPLORATIONS WITH SUZANNE NORTHCOTT
September 23-25 | 10am-4pm | Location: Alta Lake Station House
Learn how to expand your acrylic techniques with personalized instruction from Suzanne. Build beautiful surfaces, and experiment with different materials, media, and brushwork as you enjoy time at one of the most picturesque and inspiring locations in Whistler.
MUD AND MARTINIS
September 23 | 5pm-7pm | Location: The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery
Get messy and create your very own sculpture as you sip on a martini. You’ll be guided through the fundamentals of sculpting as you make your own bear, which is yours to take home and decorate.
COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB: THE NIGHT STAGES BY JANE URQUHART
September 28 | 7pm | Free | Location: Whistler Public Library
If you like a good discussion on your recent read then join the Community Book Club, presented by Armchair Books and Whistler Public Library. It’s free to attend, and you can find each book at Armchair or at the Library. Join them for great conversation – and did we mention, they have snacks.
TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH PRESENTS: TIGHT LOOSE
September 30 | 7pm and 9pm | Location: The Arts Centre
From India to Alaska, discover unridden spine walls, massive airs, and full throttle riding in some of the wildest and most spectacular places on earth. Witness the 21-year athlete roster as they come together for a reunion-style, massive group shred in celebration of their 21st birthday.
Ongoing Tours and Activities
September 1 – November 30 | Free | Location: Businesses throughout Whistler Village
Art is everywhere. From local galleries and grand hotels to funky cafes and cozy boutiques, discover over 30 unexpected art galleries all over Whistler. ArtWalk is all about our local creatives, where we revel in everything from gritty graffiti style to elegant landscapes. Pick up your ArtWalk Passport from The Arts Centre, Tourist Info Centre, or participating locations. Follow the red flags and collect the stickers to win original art.
WALK AND TALK SERIES
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays | 1pm and 3pm | Location: Audain Art Museum
Docents provide visitors with an introduction to the Audain Art Museum and its Permanent Collection. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the galleries afterwards.
ART AND CULTURAL TOURS WHISTLER
Guided tour | Location: The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery
The tours begin in Whistler Village where your guide will take you on a three-hour, fully guided tour that includes public art installations, hotel collections, some lesser known (and unsanctioned, but remarkable) street art, Whistler’s cultural history, and unique mountain stories.
CULTURE MAPS: SELF-GUIDED ARTS AND CULTURE TOURS
Arts Whistler’s Culture Maps are a catalyst for creative discovery that help you navigate Whistler’s cultural venues, museums, galleries, heritage locations, and public art pieces. The digital map has filters that you can click on and off, as well as a search function at the top so you can create your own path. We also have a printed version that highlights the cultural nuggets in the Village. You can pick up a copy at the Arts Centre or at participating venues around Whistler. Whistler’s Public Art Program and the new Cultural Connector are initiatives of the Resort Municipality of Whistler. We’ve rolled them into our print and digital Village Culture Map so you can see them all in one place.
September 1 – November 30 | Free | Location: The Gallery at the Arts Centre
Come up to The Gallery to look at the work of our featured local artists participating in ArtWalk. This is Whistler’s community gallery, showcasing work from talented artists and artisans from the Sea to Sky region. Stop by and check out our latest art exhibit and bring home something truly unique from our Gift Shop.
WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?: HEALING THE LEGACY OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
On now – April | Location: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Between 1831 and 1969, residential schools operated in Canada through arrangements between the Government of Canada and the church. One common objective defined this period – the assimilation of Aboriginal children. 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.
MASTERWORKS FROM THE BEAVERBROOK ART GALLERY
On now – October 10 | Location: Audain Art Museum
In addition to the Permanent Collection, this special exhibition features the work of some of the greats. With 75 paintings created by world-renowned artists including Constable, Delacroix, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Sargent, Dali, Carr, Harris, Krieghoff, and Morrice this is an exhibit not to be missed. Pro tip: Make sure to check out Salvador Dali’s monumental painting Santiago El Grande – a 13-foot high rendering of Saint James the Great, the patron saint of Spain.
FROM GEISHA TO DIVA: THE KIMONO OF ICHIMARU
October 21, 2016 – January 9, 2017 | Location: Audain Art Museum
A geisha is defined as an “accomplished person” or “person who lives by the arts”. These women were professional entertainers and hostesses, who became an important part of traditional social life for men in Japan. This exhibition showcases several kimonos and personal objects belonging to one of Japan’s most famous geisha, Ichimaru.
POP-UP ART STUDIO
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | Location: The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler
Swing by the Arts Whistler Pop-Up Studio in the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler to watch our local artists hard at work. The studio space can accommodate up to eight artists working in the visual arts, fiber or textile arts, fine jewelry, or weaving. The Pop-Up Studio was created based on an identified need in Whistler for access to affordable space for local and emerging artists to work and create. Learn about the artists’ process, and watch them create original work in this collaborative space.
For more information on ongoing events, workshops, activities, and more visit artswhistler.com.
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.