Creating an artistic legacy from the Games 

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"We wanted to give artists a sense of the site so they could get their teeth into something, but then we also wanted them to feel that they could respond to something that struck their fancy."

The Public Arts Committee will be presenting more detailed information on the project to council at their meeting on Tuesday, June 15.

"This is a pretty significant site for (public art). Council hasn't heard about it, aside from having it in the five-year capital plan."

The opportunity will be posted immediately following the Council meeting, advertised for two months, then the submissions will be reviewed and a shortlist will be developed. The shortlisted groups will be given a bit of funding to further develop their proposals, and then one will be selected for the project.

"That takes us several months into this year but the thought was this project would always be installed in 2011 because, it being substantial, we want folks to have a good shot at considering their proposal and then actually delivering on the project," McFarland said.

Recognizing artistic excellence

There are many creative minds in the mix here in the Sea to Sky corridor, but according to the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) and a panel of industry experts, there are two that truly stand out from the pack.

Alison Hodson and Angela Teng, two local artists, have been selected to receive the inaugural Professional and Emerging Artist Award of Excellence, respectively.

These awards are a joint program coordinated and sponsored by WAC and La Bocca Restaurant, created as the result of an action item proposed by the Whistler2020 Arts, Culture & Heritage Task Force. They recommended developing a program in which the community publicly recognizes Sea-to-Sky Corridor artists for their artistic achievements. Each award also carried a $1,000 prize.

Originally from Ontario, photographer and visual artist Alison Hodson moved to Whistler after studying graphic design, material arts and photography at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Today, her work features an innovative mix of mediums, combining elements of photography on canvas with the abstract, textural qualities of fabric. The process of removing areas of the original image and building layers upon layers of fabrics and threads to recreate the scene is extremely labour-intensive, but the results are remarkably seamless. Her work will again be on display at Pasta Lupino as part of WAC's ArtWalk events later this summer.

"It feels amazing to be recognized by the community which I now call 'home,'" Hodson said. "I'm honoured to be chosen among so many talented artists in the Sea to Sky Corridor. It's very exciting and I'm very grateful."

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