Audain Art Museum announces new director 

Arts news: Between Shifts Theatre presents new production; library screens The Glass Castle; PSS performs Aladdin

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - new hire Dr. Curtis Collins will be the new director at the Audain Art Museum.
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  • new hire Dr. Curtis Collins will be the new director at the Audain Art Museum.

The Audain Art Museum has appointed a new director.

Effective May 1, Dr. Curtis Collins will fill the position, which has been vacant since last fall when inaugural director Suzanne Greening's contract was not renewed.

"We look forward to welcoming Dr. Collins to Whistler," says Jim Moodie, chair of the museum, in a release. "After a cross-Canada search, in which a number of excellent candidates were interviewed, our board is very pleased that Curtis has accepted the opportunity to become part of the Whistler community. He brings a wealth of academic knowledge and professional experience, as well as being an outdoor enthusiast."

Collins has a PhD from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He's served as director/curator at institutions across the country, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan in Penticton.

He's also been an instructor in art history and curatorial studies at various institutions.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the museum's talented staff and look forward to working with a dedicated board of trustees on developing this institution into a global destination for the enjoyment of British Columbia art," Collins says, in a release. "The museum's collection offers a brilliant cross-section of aesthetic achievements, from Haida masks to Emily Carr paintings and the conceptual-based photography of Vancouver, while being situated in a remarkable Patkau-designed building that seamlessly merges into the stunning mountainscape."

The museum has also announced two new members to its board: Vancouver-based business executive Tom Gautreau and Stuart Rempel, who worked in marketing and sales with Whistler Blackcomb for 16 years.

Between Shifts Theatre readies new production

Squamish's Between Shifts Theatre is putting on a production of The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble at the Eagle Eye Community Theatre from April 6 to 7 and 11 to 14.

The award-winning play, written by Edmonton playwright Beth Graham, is about a family coping with the Alzheimer diagnosis of its matriarch, 59-year-old Bernice Trimble. Her daughter Iris attempts to hold things together while her other children react in opposite ways, with one getting angry and the other acting indifferent.

At its core, states a release, the play explores "the tricky nature of family dynamics and the effects of mental illness seen through the eyes of a young woman who's searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family."

Tickets range from $11 for adults on "2 for 1" Friday, with a student or senior ticket priced at $5.50, to the regular price of $21.50 for general admission, or $11 for students and seniors.

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Library screens The Glass Castle

The Whistler Public Library will be screening the 2017 film The Glass Castle on March 13 at 7 p.m.

Based on the popular memoir written by Jeanette Walls, the film follows a family with four children and two free-spirited parents as they embrace an unconventional — and sometimes destructive — lifestyle. Starring award-winning actress Brie Larson as Jeanette, the film focuses on her relationship with her charismatic, but troubled father, played by Woody Harrelson.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. in the library's community room.

PSS to perform Aladdin

Pemberton Secondary School theatre students are set to perform a production of Aladdin from March 14 to 17 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

This all-ages musical will showcase the students' talent with singing, dancing and performing. It will run all three nights at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 with a family rate of two adults and two kids 12 and under for $40.


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