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Takaya Tours wins two Aboriginal tourism awards

Tourism Whistler announced the winners of the first annual B.C. Aboriginal Awards, which took place on Aug. 12. Part of Weetama 2002, the awards were a co-presentation the B.C. Aboriginal Tourism Association based in Vancouver.

The Cultural Authenticity Award went to Takaya Tours of Vancouver. Co-manager Lori Simcox says, "We were happy with the win, and just pleased to be nominated, and we really try and keep our tours as authentic as possible."

Justin George, also on staff with Takaya, took home the Young Adult Achievement Award.

The Power of Education Award went to Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Centre, and the Excellence in Customer Service Award was presented to Qulus Aboriginal Tours Inc.

Additional awards included Strength in Marketing Award for the House of Himwitsa, and the Tourism Conservation Award awarded to NK'Mip Desert Heritage Centre Ltd. Chief Clarence Louie took home the Inspirational Leadership Award.

Maya Eventov in town

Works in acrylic from Russian avant-garde painter Maya Eventov, who exhibited at the Birmingham Art Show in ’98, will be on display at a new exhibit opening Aug. 29 at the West Coast Gallery, located inside the Pan Pacific Hotel in Whistler.

Born in Leningrad in 1964, Eventov studied at the High College of Art and Design in Mukhina in 1981, honing her etching technique while also working in watercolours and oils in intense colour. Her paintings include A Taste of Tuscany, priced at $6,000, Colours of a Tuscan Hillside, and Montage.

An open reception begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29. Eventov will be in attendance between 6 and 10 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30.

West Coast Gallery represents both international artists and local artists, including works in both jade and ivory sculpture. Eventov is currently based in Dundas, Ontario.

Zen and the art of photo

"B.C. Images" is the latest exhibit from Squamish-based photographer Dave Humphreys. The show opened at the Best Western Hotel lobby entryway in Squamish early last week.

Like many photographers, Humphreys emphasizes the art of the job is in the waiting game.

"For one shot of Black Tusk, I sat at Whistler’s peak for five hours – but it was worth it, I got the shot!"

That image and others, including Garibaldi and the Chief are part of the show.

"It’s a dream come true. I was travelling around with a backpack and a camera for a long time," says Humphreys, who was one of 10 photographers featured in the Photographers Showcase at April’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival. He was also one of four photographers chosen to display in conjunction with Janine Benyus’s speech at the Whistler It’s Our Nature Speaker Series.

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