Learn new tricks for the New Year 

Arts news: the Winterstoke festival returns; new solo exhibit at the Adele Campbell Gallery

click to enlarge Treeline Aerial performers at their Christmas showcase in December. - Photo by Brian Aikens
  • Treeline Aerial performers at their Christmas showcase in December. Photo by Brian Aikens

Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year?

If not, might we suggest joining the circus—or at least learning the skills you need to fulfil that dream?

Treeline Aerial is starting its new crop of adult classes this month for beginner aerial hoop and trapeze, aerial hammock, and aerial silks.

No experience is required.

Aerial silks—in which students learn tricks on a silk fabric hanging from the ceiling—runs on Tuesdays (starting on Jan. 7) and Thursdays for beginner level 1.

"Students will learn tricks in the support of the knot [at the bottom of the silk] while building strength through climbing, developing sequences, and conditioning," the description reads.

Those classes run until Feb. 11.

Hammock classes, meanwhile, also run on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7, for six weeks.

"Hammock flow is a great class for learning sequences and pathways without having to climb the silk," the description explains.

Finally, you can get circus-fit with the hoop and trapeze classes every Thursday—starting on Jan. 9, for six weeks.

Students will learn how to mount the hoop and trapeze and learn simple tricks. Also, there will be a conditioning component to help build strength and endurance.

All classes take place at The Hangar in Function Junction. For more information or to sign up visit treelineaerialbc.com/.

Get Winterstoked

Winterstoke, the backcountry festival, run by Altus Mountain Guides, is set to return Jan. 23 to 26.

Along with an array of clinics lead by Altus guides, there will also be a speakers series, presentations, and art throughout the festival.

On Jan. 23, a panel will discuss how climate change impacts mountain communities; on Jan. 24, catch local artists creating mountain-inspired paintings live, along with music, food, and drinks; on Jan. 25, backcountry experts will offer multimedia presentations to inspire you; and on Jan. 26, cap the weekend off with an après filled with storytelling.

For more information and tickets to the events, visit altusmountainguides.com/winterstoke-fest-whistler/#.

New solo exhibit opening

Vancouver painter Paul Paquette recently made the move to Squamish—and it shows.

His new solo exhibit is set to open at the Adele Campbell Gallery on Jan. 25—with a reception taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. that day—featuring new pieces that drew inspiration from his new home.

"Many of the paintings are inspired by the scenery around my new home in Squamish ... the Chief, Howe Sound, the Squamish estuary," he says, on the Adele Campbell Gallery website. "These are all places I have walked and hiked, sketched and photographed. It's wonderful having so many inspiring subjects so close at hand."

The show runs at the Whistler gallery until Feb. 1. For more information, visit adelecampbell.com/.

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