ART SHOW TO FEATURE THE WORKS OF CHILI THOM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
WHISTLER, BC – Plans are underway for an art show that will feature the work of artist Chili Thom. It will take place at the Audain Art Museum in June 2017.
The show is a tribute to Thom, the prolific artist and creator who spent 19 years in Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor, and now lives in Montana, where he continues to battle cancer after being diagnosed in autumn of 2015. It is being organized and curated by a group that includes Thom, friends and family, Arts Whistler, Audain Art Museum and others.
“Chili has been a true trailblazer, incredible contributor, and can be counted as one of the most significant people to come out of Whistler,” said Arts Whistler Chair, Heather Paul. “He served on our board of directors,
is an adventurer as much as an artist, and has been a leader and mentor for many people in the Sea to Sky Corridor. We have been working closely with him, his friends, and his family to create this legacy show.”
“I would be absolutely honoured to have a show in Whistler!!” said Thom. “It would be an honour and a pleasure to show my favourite pieces in my favourite place.”
Thom has been involved in listing his favourite works, curating and imagining what this show will look like.
The exhibit will take place in the upstairs special exhibit gallery of the spectacular Audain Art Museum.
“The Audain Art Museum is very pleased to be able to assist in recognizing a very important and well-loved Whistler artistic icon,” said Audain Art Museum Executive Director Suzanne Greening.
This event at the Audain Museum is part of a greater community celebration of Chili’s work. Simultaneous events at the Maury Young Arts Centre, among others venues, are being planned.
“The arts community and community at large have been extremely saddened since first learning of Chili’s diagnosis of cancer,” added Paul. “Everyone has come together with incredible generosity to make this show happen to honour his life’s work. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Michael Audain and his team. My heart breaks that our first partnership with the Audain Art Museum has come to us in such grief. But I take solace in its metaphor. For many people in this community, Chili is a bridge into the world of visual arts. He inspires the youth to create, and has quickened the spirit of our town with his dreamy imagery and wild-at-heart perspective.”
Born and raised in British Columbia, Thom has worked as a painter for most of his life. On his website he states that: “My art transports the viewer to remote natural landscapes and acts not only as a form of escapism, but also as a tool to deepen their appreciation for the natural world in which we are all inextricably connected. I attempt to convey a feeling of complex simplicity on my canvases, which speak of the importance of cooperation between all of the individual components, analogous to how all individuals on the planet must work together with nature in order to achieve a harmonious result.”
More will be shared about the details of the show as they are finalized. The show will be part of a bigger celebration of Chili Thom, filled with the love and creativity he gifted to us all. This will be a recognition worthy of who Chili is, and what he means to the Sea to Sky community.
ABOUT CHILI THOM
Born and raised in British Columbia, Chili Thom has worked as a painter for most of his life.
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Facebook: facebook.com/ChiliThomArt | Twitter: @chilithom
ABOUT ARTS WHISTLER
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 Performance Series, 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, Bizarre Bazaar, 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.
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ABOUT THE AUDAIN ART MUSEUM
At 56,000 sq. ft., the Audain Art Museum houses the unique BC art collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. The permanent collection of nearly 200 works is a visual journey through the history of art from British Columbia. Spanning from the 18th century to present day the collection contains one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks, a large collection of works by Emily Carr, as well as the art by important post-war modernists. Besides these historical works the collection showcases the art by contemporary B.C. artists. Displayed in the 10,000 sq. ft. permanent collection’s gallery the entire collection is accessible to visitors at all times.
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