Art workshops expand 

The Whistler Arts Council’s (WAC) summer workshops are so popular that they’re being beefed up with additional classes and new instructors.

The Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake are typically two-four days and focus on introductory to advanced level instruction in a variety of mediums, from life drawing to oil, acrylic and watercolour painting. The classes are taught by well-known local and national artists, like Richard McDiarmid, Kiff Holland, Janice Robertson, Grant Fuller, Suzanne Northcott and Isobel MacLaurin.

And this year, the WAC has made some new additions to the program.

“There’s nothing else like (the workshops) up here, from what I understand,” Ali Richmond, marketing coordinator for WAC, said, adding that it’s also a great opportunity for artists at any level to network and get to know their peers.

Cameron Bird will teach a one day oil class on Sunday, Aug. 10, after finishing his series, Painting on the Peak, with the Adele Campbell Gallery. Lori Goldberg, a Vancouver-based artist, will teach all levels of acrylic painting. A local artist, Maeve Bellmore, will kick off the workshop series on Monday, June 9, with the first of a series of weekly life drawing sessions.

In addition to the changes in programming, Nita Lake Lodge, a new boutique hotel in Whistler, has come on-board as the official accommodation sponsor of the 2008 Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake, offering an Artist’s Getaway Package, which includes three nights accommodation, three full days of art instruction, and a take-away lunch, starting at $468.

“We find a lot of the participants in the art workshops are coming from the Lower Mainland,” Richmond explained. “Some of them are second homeowners in Whistler, but a lot of them are coming here and they’re looking for accommodation anyways, and so this is perfect.”

Inspired by Whistler’s natural environment, the workshops are held at the Alta Lake Station House, a rustic heritage home that offers a picturesque view of the Alta Lake waterfront, with Whistler, Blackcomb and Wedge Mountains in the background.

For a detailed schedule of workshop dates and fees, or to register, visit .


Changes for Cornucopia

Whistler’s annual five-day extravaganza of wine and food is in for a few changes now that Watermark Communications Inc. is at the helm. And it’s looking like Cornucopia 2008 will have a decidedly French flair.

France has been selected as the highlighted wine region for this year’s event, and Sue Eckersley, president of Watermark, said that means the house party will feature almost 25 French wineries, but French entertainment and cuisine, as well.

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