Celebrating a Legend: The Chili Thom Experience

Celebrating a Legend: The Chili Thom Experience

Photo Credit: Joern Rohde

Chili Thom original paintings are being shipped in from all over North America as the community readies for a resort-wide celebration of Whistler’s favourite artist. June 2 to 26, the magic and spirit of Chili Thom will be celebrated throughout Whistler with exhibitions, eccentric evenings, performances, and a showcase of Chili-inspired young artists’ work. Arts Whistler presents The Chili Thom Experience is a celebration of Chili, his life, and his art, for the community that loved him and everyone about to discover him.

These exhibits, hosted along Whistler’s Cultural Connector path, pay tribute to Chili’s legacy as a connector in the cultural community. For a full list of events and exhibits to celebrate Chili and his life’s work visit artswhistler.com/chili

THE CHILI THOM EXPERIENCE OPENING RECEPTION

June 2 | 5:30pm, Audain Art Museum | 7pm, Maury Young Arts Centre

Free admission | Everyone welcome | No RSVP required

Kick off The Chili Thom Experience with an opening event at the Audain Art Museum to view His Masterpieces exhibit, mix and mingle with the community, and celebrate the Sea to Sky’s favourite artist, Chili Thom.

Reception to follow at 7pm at Maury Young Arts Centre for drinks and snacks and a viewing of His Eclectic Soul exhibit.

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HIS MASTERPIECES

June 2 – 26 | Audain Art Museum

From dreamy landscapes to mind-bending nature perspectives, this exhibition will feature the best of Chili’s works showing his progression as an artist. Chili was part of the process in selecting which works to showcase and they are being shipped in from private collectors from across Canada and beyond. In keeping with Chili Thom’s generous and accessible spirit, entry to this exhibit will be free of charge.

HIS ECLECTIC SOUL

June 2 – 26 | The Gallery at the Arts Centre

Think you know Chili Thom? Think again. The home of Arts Whistler, The Arts Centre is a gallery where Chili’s footsteps often tread. It’s where the B-Grade Horrorfest made its debut and where Chili’s originals once hung beside many of his peers and best friends. This exhibition will feature some of Chili’s early works ranging from the eclectic to the unique to the downright bizarre.

LITTLE CHILIS / LES MINI-CHILI

June 2 – 26 | Whistler Public Library

Chili through the eyes of a child. Young students at Myrtle Philip Community School and École La Passerelle have created art inspired by Chili. These “Little Chilis” and “Les Mini-Chili” are showcasing their inspired talents at the Whistler Public Library. Make your own Chili-inspired art at Family Together Time June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at the Whistler Public Library. Take inspiration from Chili’s vibrant use of colour and his extraordinary ability to capture the natural landscape. Little Chilis / Les mini-Chili is being presented thanks to the generous support of the Morden family of Whistler, BC.

INSPIRED BY CHILI THOM

June 2 – 26 | Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

In his life Chili Thom collaborated with, advocated for, and found inspiration in both the artists of the Squamish and Lil’wat nations, and the youth of today. Whistler High School students are studying Chili Thom’s body of work and in June the Inspired By Chili Thom show will open up at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – showcasing the students’ final pieces in their Chili Thom education and bridging the divide between two of our greatest cultural assets in Whistler. Inspired by Chili Thom is being presented thanks to the generous support of Local Whistler and the Whistler Farmers’ Market.

COLLECTING CHILI THOM

June 2 – 26 | Whistler Museum

Walk the everyday and epic moments of Chili Thom’s life, from the early years in his namesake hometown of Chilliwack, BC, to the elbow rubbing times as a keystone in the culture club of the Sushi Village servers’ scene. Witness Chili as a television host and wilderness guide, while living amongst the fuzzy chaps and tutu art gatherings of Function Junction’s Creation Station. The Whistler Museum will help you better understand the celebrated landscape that influenced him, and share 40 years of his story.

#MEANDMYCHILI

Everyone is invited to share in Chili’s art and legacy on social media. Take a picture with Chili’s art —whether it’s a print, a mural, or a cell phone case, and use #MeAndMyChili on your social channels. Find yourself in a “Chili-esque” environment? Use the hashtag as all of these images will be collected for viewing in a Chili-inspired slideshow at receptions and other events honouring Chili. Collecting Chili Thom is being presented thanks to the generous support of Maureen Thom in memory of her son Michael.

There are more community events lined up to celebrate Chili’s life’s work throughout June, including dumbo painting at Sushi Village, Chili-inspired paint nights, a film festival weekend showcasing his eclectic and outrageous films, and other events and exhibitions inspired by Chili as an artist, musician, filmmaker, and community builder. Visit artswhistler.com/chili for full details.

Watch the Whistler Children’s Festival Online Edition now!⁣

Watch the whole thing and dive into the magic of the festival or pick and choose individual crafts to make or performances to watch.⁣

There’s so much fun to be had including a PJ party with @irapettle, singalongs with @mikebrydenmusic, balloon twisting with @jazztheballoonman and so much more.⁣⁣
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FREE Everyone welcome!⠀⁣⁣⁣⁣
On now - July 12, 2020⁣⁣⁣
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Watch the festival now, through the link in our bio.⁣⁣⁣
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📷: @rrobbins_photo⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler
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See ya never, cheetah print sky. ...

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Pencil sketch in the art journal. 🦅 ...

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FOR SALE 12x36"
Lost in the trails.
Acrylic pour with sunrise colours and manipulated to look like trees in a forest with a unique technique
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I made a little colouring page for a Canada Day colouring contest. You can down load it for free (link in bio) Happy colouring 🇨🇦 This one is inspired by my mommy hiking group. 😄 I will be painting from 12-4pm in whistler village by lulu lemon. Come by and gimme a physically distanced wave 😉
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paintnightwhistler artswhistler gowhistler summitlodge #artauction rmwhistler piquenews
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Half sleeve cover-up, over an old half sleeve tattoo for Matt from beaverwax. This covered up nicely! I’ll post more pics soon. ...

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This is a Father’s Day card I made for my dad.
Acrylic on paper
#art #grizzlybear #fathersday #drawing #whistler #rose #staywild #getinspired #artswhistler
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3, 2, 1, GO!⁣

The Whistler Children’s Festival Online Edition is now live!⁣

Free your imagination and explore creativity with awesome performances and fun workshops.⁣

FREE | Everyone welcome!⠀⁣⁣⁣
On now - July 12, 2020⁣⁣
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Stream the video now through the link in our bio!⁣

#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler⁣
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Current studio wall pals. I've decided to hang them while they wait for their new homes. Brightens up the walls and keeps them safe from 👶 baby slobber 😛
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#bearpainting artswhistler gowhistler summitlodge #artauction rmwhistler #dailypainter #kidsparty
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The Whistler Children’s Festival Online Edition starts tomorrow!⁣

Featuring awesome performances and fun workshops, it’s a chance to free your imagination and explore creativity!⁣⁣ Watch the whole thing and dive into the magic of the festival or pick and choose individual crafts to make or performances to watch.⁣

FREE | Everyone welcome!⠀⁣⁣
June 12 - July 12, 2020⁣

Full festival details through the link in our bio.⁣

📷: @rrobbins_photo⁣⁣⁣

#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler
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Sometimes the perfect gift doesn’t have to be the most expensive. It can be simple & thoughtful and one you will cherish for years to come.
Customised gift - “welcome to the world 👶🏼🌎 “
#newborngifts
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Tomorrow's (Friday, June 12th) Breaking Bannock conversation is with Tanina Williams, Lil'wat Nation. Tanina comes from a family of story tellers and has a natural knack for sharing. She will be joined by Whistler Public Library 's Programming Coordinator for a Q&A, where they will delve into the practice of story telling - both the art and purpose, traditional and contemporary.

Register via zoom (link via SLCC.ca/FromHome) to join the conversation at 2pm PST tomorrow.

ABOUT BREAKING BANNOCK
Breaking Bannock: a series of virtual conversations, presented in partnership with Whistler Public Library, on Friday afternoons with Squamish Nation and Lil'wat Nation influencers.

ABOUT TANINA WILLIAMS:
Tanina Williams is an Aboriginal Support Worker for School District 48, working in schools located in Whistler and Pemberton. Tanina frequently leads workshops that blend traditional teachings and storytelling, most recently leading a workshop focused on storytelling and plant-based medicine.

#SLCCWhistler
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TODAY at 8pm The Rebel Appliance are coming to you live from the @coastalculturesports bike shop!⁣

Combining guitar, cajon and kazoo this set will bring you all of your favourite rock covers with an acoustic twist.⁣

The Bike Shop Sessions is a weekly live and local music event raising funds for the Sea to Sky Community Services Society Feed the Need Campaign.⁣

Your donation, no matter the size, will make a huge difference to someone living in your community who is struggling right now.⁣

DONATE AT: www.sscs.ca/FEED-THE-NEED⁣

WATCH AT : https://bit.ly/2Z3PGNK⁣

#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler
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MRI scans are very hard to draw. Over 100 hours gone into this.
I’ve learnt my lesson.
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1.618 by 🧠ᴹᴿᴬ
16” x 12” ink on card.
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🟢 “Castle Tower Mtn.” AKA. “Somewhere In Heaven” 🎨 #artswhistler ...

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T E E N Y tiny S C E N E ✨
I really enjoy making my key rings. Something satisfying about trying to burn a tent onto a scene, which is about 3mm big!
This little scene is based on a memorable moment from the #shambhalamusicfestival . . I was also asked to burn a date on the back to make it more personalised 🤗 ❤️
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"Going somewhere?" 10"x10" acrylic on canvas.
Thanks to Mal Rayner for the photo reference.
#makesmoore #whistlerartist #artswhistler #acrylics #ducksofinstagram #reflection
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Attempting my first pet portrait . . Stay Tuned ✨🐶 ...

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Ok, I think I’m done with this one now.
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D I Y - I N S I G H T -
I’m teaching myself how to look after wood rounds properly. From the moment I chop it from it’s source in the woods, to handing my completed pyrography pieces to their new owners.
One major thing I have learned is having patience. These rounds you see are freshly cut this week and are still drying out... they have been drying since September 2019!! How crazy 😱
It shows that each of the pieces are special .. even the ones that don’t quite come out how I expected. - It’s not as simple as it looks..1-2 hours of work, burning some art on a piece of wood and it’s done..It can take up to a year to make sure that piece is ready to go, is cared for properly and delivered to its new wonderful home✨
#woodcraft
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TODAY at 8pm @dakota_pearl is coming to you live from the @coastalculturesports bike shop!⁣

This group is a Sea to Sky staple and will be bringing their unique country-rock sound!

The Bike Shop Sessions is a weekly live and local music event raising funds for the Sea to Sky Community Services Society Feed the Need Campaign.⁣

Your donation, no matter the size, will make a huge difference to someone living in your community who is struggling right now.⁣

DONATE AT: www.sscs.ca/FEED-THE-NEED⁣

WATCH AT : https://bit.ly/2Z3PGNK⁣

#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler
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Process. A couple paintings nearing completion. Here is a detail of one if them. Honestly , I enjoy being isolated. I enjoy these times of lockdown. These times of change and uncertainty. I am certain of my ability to create. Creation takes time, it takes dedication to craft; to experiment; to try something new and possibly fall. Enjoy these times of change everyone, change is good. Embrace it.
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#davepetkoart
#originalwhistlerartist
#artswhistler
#vancouverart
#acrylicart
#createeveryday
#whistlerart
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More angles of the newly completed carving.
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New grizz in the hood! 30x30” ‘A Passing Glance’. We have been within 15 yard of several grizzlies and this is the look we got ... somewhat wary but not aggressive. Coexistence is possible if we’re smart! mountaingalleries #mountaingalleries grizzlybearfdn #grizzlybearfoundation #audainartmuseum #artswhistler #greatbearrainforest #fairmontchateauwhistler #canadianwildlife #naturetherapy #wildlifepainting #cangeo #contemporarywildlifeart ...

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Commissioned by a 17 year-old. Today he got to see his girlfriend for the first time in 2 months because of covid. It was her birthday. She likes bunnies. Pretty sure this got him mad brownie points! 💜 Moms who teach there sons how to be awesome gentlemen are the best. Xoxox .
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#animalpainting artswhistler gowhistler summitlodge #artauction rmwhistler #dailypainter #bunnypainting
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This Friday at 11am, Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph will lead a live craft demonstration on loom beading - a bracelet!

To follow along and make your own, you will need:
Stiff Cardboard 8” x 3 ½”
Pony Beads
String or wool (approx. 90”)
Sinew (approx. 26”)
Scissors
Tape
Needle
Small Elastic band *If you do not have all the materials, you can still follow along by using different beads you may have at home as long as the string you are using can pass through the beads easily twice. If thick cardboard is unattainable tape multiple layers of thin cardboard from cereal boxes or Kraft dinner.

#SLCCWhistler
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⁣This Thursday, May 21 | 8pm on Facebook Live⠀
Sea to Sky Corridor staple @dakota_pearl brings you their unique country-rock sound.⠀
Get a reminder --> link in bio⠀

@coastalculturesports and @ArtsWhistler have teamed up to present a weekly live and local music stream - Bike Shop Sessions Thursdays, live from the bike shop!⠀

In order to meet the continued demand for access to emergency food in the region, the Bike Shop Sessions is raising funds for the Sea to Sky Community Services Society Feed the Need Campaign. If you're able please donate, every little bit helps!
#artswhistler #gowhistler #onlyinwhistler
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“De la Sol”
Magical moments from Costa Rica. Created from a collection of
original photos from Nosara and area. Art Submission for
slowtide . . . .#slowtidecreativecanvas #costarica #nosara #surf #surfart #oceanscapes #breakingwaves #sand #sun #justpasssingthrough #fun #creatingfromhome #lushlife #beachlife #originalphotography #cleanoceans #aloha
#puravida #joy #palmtrees #costarica #tropicalart #tropics
#fineartphotography #artswhistler #bcartist #canadianartist #whistler #goodtimes
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