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Upper Vision Gallery going beyond photography

Viseye’s vacancy brings new focus to BBK’s walls

BBK’s Pub in the Upper Village is not a big place by any means. Nevertheless, the pub’s walls have hosted the Viseye Photography Gallery since 2002, displaying solo and group exhibitions by renowned shooters from Whistler and the surrounding area such as Bruce Rowles, Bonny Makarewicz, Dave Humphreys and Dean Cote. As of Thursday, March 10 the Viseye is no more, and is being re-launched as the Upper Vision Gallery – a change in both name and focus.

"The concept is to find new and emerging artists of all sorts, not just photography," said Upper Vision organizer Josh Fahey, also a bartender at the pub, who will co-run the gallery with fellow BBK’s staffers Mike Barry (a former Viseye exhibitor) and Paul Rowe.

Fahey said part of Upper Vision’s vision is to feature art works at prices locals can afford. The gallery is currently showing works by Barry, Chris Wilson and Eric Jeanveau, but Fahey is calling for other visual art submissions. The space features many small nooks and shelves currently holding plants that would be suitable for displaying smaller sculptures, he noted.

While Fahey, Barry and Rowe will be the go-to guys for Upper Vision, the decision to host local artists at BBK’s falls to pub owners Chef Bernard Cassavant of the adjacent Ciao-Thyme Bistro and his wife Bonnie Cassavant.

"Chef’s always into local products," Fahey quipped.

Upper Vision will celebrate its new vision with an evening reception in the pub from 9 p.m. to closing on Thursday, March 10 featuring downtempo grooves by DJs Buddha and Special K.

For more information on the Upper Vision Gallery call 604-932-9795.

Art Beat

The upstairs gallery space at MY Millennium Place is doing a complete 180 from February’s collaborative Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry photo exhibition with March’s one man show of multimedia works by Rob Miller.

The show, appropriately titled "Solo," launches officially with a reception tonight (Thursday, March 3) from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery is still a wonderland for those in love with Laura. The gallery’s show of new works by Victoria-based Laura Harris will remain in house until March 12. Harris has made many fans among the Whistler gallery gazing crowd with her lush graphic images infused with secret messages.

Those who like their art with a little more of an edge should get their ass out to Function Junction on Saturday night to check out Altered Beast, a special one night show and sale of paintings spawned from the twisted mind of Whistler artist Scott Johnston. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the home studio of fellow underground painter Pepe, located at #1, 1395 Alta Lake Road, above Schreyer Construction in Function Junction.

Also on Saturday evening, the Gallery at Fairmont Chateau Whistler is hosting a reception from 6-9 p.m. for an exhibition of new works by painter Rod Prouse of Georgian Bay, Ont.