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Going from never-ever to ArtWalk in a year is impressive, but Cipolla devotes a lot of time to her craft and paints every day for two to eight hours. She literally has dozens of pieces completed and usually has several paintings on the go at any one time.
"I'll get three quarters done and then hit a point where I'm not sure how to proceed, then put it away until I figure out where to go from there. I usually have three or four things going at the same time so I can move from one painting to another."
She has already sold Olympic-themed paintings as an exhibitor at the Adele Campbell Gallery during the Games. She says it was a privilege to display her work in a gallery and a thrill that a customer chose her work.
Cipolla is just as busy as when she was running those four clinics, she says.
"I have not slowed down," she jokes, "I'm just doing something else. But I must say I love every bit of this."
This year there are just two ArtWalk parties instead of four, after organizers made the decision to have two big events rather than a handful of smaller ones.
While ArtWalk gets underway on Canada Day, July 1, the first official party is the Whistler Village Opening Reception on Friday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feel free to start at any stop on the tour and linger at any one of the special events taking place en route including live musical performances by Dr. Dave, Brother Twang and Stone Soup Marimba; painting displays, wine and cheese receptions and travelling entertainers that will lead art aficionados from one venue to the next.
Bring the kids along as there will be balloon twisting, face painting and a number of other attractions to appeal to families.
As always this event provides an excellent opportunity to meet the artists.
The second official party of ArtWalk is the now annual Function Block Party on Friday, Aug. 6 starting at 6 p.m. While there are just 14 venues in Function a number of Whistler's top artists have studios in the industrial park and last year's event was a huge success. Like the village event there will be a number of receptions taking place, as well as activities for the kids.
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