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New Masse paintings at Michael Allen presentation

New works from Gambier Island artist Gloria Masse’s Whistler Bears collection will be displayed at local bear researcher Michael Allen’s upcoming multi-media presentation on Thursday, June 9 at Millennium Place.

Masse, a prolific wildlife painter, was inspired to paint the Whistler Bears after accompanying Allen in the field in the summer of 2003. Observing Allen’s personal attachment and in-depth knowledge of each of the bears, Masse created a series of bear portraits based on Allen’s research.

Her attention to detail and ability to capture the uniqueness and personality of each bear subject has won the appreciation of Allen, a self-described tough critic.

Masse’s Whistler Bears collection was unveiled at Art Junction last summer. Gallery owner Harvey Lim is donating 10 per cent of sales from each piece in the series to Allen’s research. To date, Lim says the collection has raised $3,200.

Object Design open for corridor artists

Object Design, a new "wearable art gallery" in Whistler Village featuring eclectic, handcrafted gold and silver jewelry pieces will be hosting regularly changing exhibitions by visual artists from the Sea To Sky corridor.

Modeled after a sister location in Vancouver’s Granville Island district, Object Design occupies the space formerly held by the Bestsellers books and music store.

In house currently are works by Jenny Smack – a ceramic/raku artist from Squamish.

Gallery manager Catherine Cordocedo said the gallery is also currently seeking local jewelry artisans to add to its roster.

For more information call 604-905-7768.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

It’s a super arts Sunday in Whistler.

Starting at 10 a.m., longtime Whistler pottery artisan Vincent Massey is hosting as special clear-out sale at his studio in Alpine Meadows.

The action continues in the upstairs gallery space at MY Millennium Place between 3 and 6 p.m. at a public reception for watercolour artist Jim Barnum, who is displaying in the gallery for the month of June.

Later in the evening, the Whistler Photographic Society is hosting its second open projector night at the Hub Film and Internet Lounge in Creekside.

Amateurs and pros alike are invited to show their work starting at 9 p.m. Participating photographers must register by 8 p.m. with images formatted as JPEG files on CD Rom or as a slide presentation on DVD. For those who have no idea whatsoever what that means, there will be a brief informational talk on the intricacies of digital imagery.

Sunday marks the second open projector night since last February. The Society intends to make the events regular occurrences. The event is free for Photographic Society members, $5 for non-members.

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