Returning for its twelfth year, ArtWalk has paired over sixty local artists with over local businesses in Whistler to display art now through August 31st
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
WHISTLER, BC – On June 27, ArtWalk 2015 launched in Whistler village with a vibrant spectacle of live art, music, roving characters, and art socials at ‘Hot Spots’ throughout the village. Now celebrating its twelfth year, the program will run until August 31, with over sixty local artists represented in over forty pop-up art galleries in the Whistler area. All summer long, visitors and residents alike are encouraged to pick up an official ArtWalk guide and use it to explore, shop, and collect stickers at host venues for a chance to win art.
“This year’s opening day was one for the books,” says Andrea Mueller, Visual Arts Programmer at the Whistler Arts Council. “The whole village was buzzing with animation, and every single participating venue had their doors open and encouraged people to get involved and view artwork. Whether it was a photo taken with the Ladies in Red or a completed ArtWalk Guide, we were able to engage people with art, which is ultimately the goal of the program.”
The celebrations aren’t just for opening day. With nearly two months left in the program, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to simply follow the red flags outside of participating venues to explore the pop-up galleries, or pick up an ArtWalk guide at Millennium Place, the Pop-up Studio at the Westin, or any of the participating host venues and collect seven stickers to win art prints. Photos tagged with #ArtWalk2015 will also be entered to win prints throughout the duration of the program.
“We’re very excited to have the ArtWalk guide return for its second year,” continued Mueller. “It was a huge success last year and really inspired people to visit multiple venues. We encourage everyone to explore venues that they may not have visited before and see tons of locally-made art along the way. It’s a fun family event that people can do all summer long.”
In addition to the nearly forty pop-up art galleries who are hosting completed works, four ArtWalk venues will be featuring live art throughout the summer. The inclusion of the Pop-up Studio at the Westin, James Stewart Sculpture Gallery, Fathom Stone Art Gallery, and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler means that ArtWalk participants can now take in live art and connect directly with artists while exploring and shopping at ArtWalk venues.
“The Whistler Art Council invited ten artists to participate in the group show at Millennium Place, creating a unique showcase of first-class paintings and clay murals,” said Armatage. “It’s wonderful to be included in the show and to participate in ArtWalk. The program allows artists to present our work to the public and gives us the opportunity to connect with one another.”
This year, Millennium Place is once again the information hub and a host venue for ArtWalk, open daily for visitors who want to stop in to ask questions, pick up or submit ArtWalk guides, discover locally made artisan goods in The Gift Shop, or explore the group show upstairs in The Gallery.
Use our Twitter and Instagram handles @ArtsWhistler and #ArtsWhistler #ArtWalk2015
ABOUT THE WHISTLER ARTS COUNCIL
The Whistler Arts Council has been the premier arts advocacy organization in Whistler since 1982, supporting local artists and organizations to develop arts programs, and promoting Whistler as a unique destination for cultural tourism. A respected community stakeholder and non-profit organization, the Whistler Arts Council leverages strategic government and business partnerships to increase community engagement and opportunities through year-round festivals, events, and arts programs. Annual signature events include ArtWalk, Whistler Children’s Festival, Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler Art Workshops, Whistler Street Entertainment, and the Performance Series.
The Whistler Arts Council operates Maurice Young Millennium Place which is open daily with free admission. Millennium Place features The Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibitions by local artists and The Gift Shop, showcasing handmade creations by local artisans. It also features a 238-seat theatre, a soundproof Boardroom and other meeting spaces, and the Youth Centre. Millennium Place truly is Whistler’s hub for arts and culture, right in the heart of Whistler Village.
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