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Aava Hotel Hosts Local Artists For Whistler ArtWalk

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Well folks, it’s finally September and you all know what that means, right? It’s the beginning of Fall for Arts, a whole season dedicated to celebrating the arts in Whistler! This autumn season is going to be packed full with festivals, art markets, creative workshops, exhibit openings, local music, and much more.

This weekend marks the start of Fall for Arts with the returning event, the Whistler ArtWalk.

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We hope you’re ready to see some great artwork because the ArtWalk is back and better than ever in 2016! From now until November 30th, Whistler is transformed into a massive gallery where visitors are invited to enjoy local artwork and installations, absolutely free!

ArtWalk this year boasts over 30 unique art galleries, from grand hotels to funky cafes and boutiques, scattered all over Whistler. And there’s plenty of diversity for the whole family to enjoy, from graffiti to scenic landscapes, ArtWalk has it all!

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This year Aava is proud to be hosting a couple of local artists and their pieces in our hotel. The featured artists displaying their work here at the Aava Hotel are Whistler’s own; Rich Glass, and Andy Anissimoff.

Rich Glass

Rich Glass is a talented award-winning photographer who enjoys the mountain lifestyle. His work has been published worldwide in every medium you can think of. Glass has lived throughout the world, with extended periods in Australia, Japan, and the UK. But having spent more than 20 years here in the mountains, Whistler is where he calls home. Rich enjoys ski boots, dates, cold weather, and for a while he was a licensed undercover private investigator!

Rich Glass Photography

Rich Glass on Whistler’s ArtWalk:

“I think it’s one of the best shows Arts Whistler does, their team works day and night to ensure this event goes off and with 3 days of events you know it will be great! We also have a new president and a new logo which will breath new life into the Arts Whistler brand and will hopefully help our local arts scene. The hidden talent we have in our town always surprises me and ArtWalk helps to showcase those hidden gems. Whistler’s ArtWalk is a great way to bring our artists community together in one collective show... and they say ‘the more we come together... the happier we will be’ Artwalk is worth the walk.”

Rich Glass Photography

If the private investigator tip wasn’t enough to get you interested in Rich’s work, check out his website to see even more of his photography!

Andy Anissimoff

Andy Anissimoff returns to Aava to display his art for the 2nd consecutive time! Andy is an artist and gallery owner currently living in Squamish, BC, known for his interpretive realism landscape paintings. Originally trained as an Industrial Designer, he now focuses his creative energy on painting. Specializing in large scale pieces, Andy has been garnering attention for his striking graphic compositions and ability to utilize bold colours along with textured brush strokes.

Andy Anissimoff

Andy Anissimoff on Arts Whistler & ArtWalk:

“I've been doing events with the arts council for about 10 years now, and they’ve supported me every step of the way. Artists are tough to deal with in general (similar to herding cats), so they are very accommodating and patient with artists, while also holding them accountable. Any artist in the area would be silly not to take advantage of the opportunities they provide. Live demonstrations are of the most beneficial to the artist in my opinion, and I cherish every opportunity to do these events.

As an artist, every drop in the bucket counts, so without these events, it would have taken significantly longer for me to gain the awareness I have. It's all about filling your pipeline with potential customers who then pop out as actual customers. Whistler ArtWalk fills pipelines! Haha.”

Andy Anissimoff Joffre Lake Painting

Wanna see more of Andy's paintings? Well you can come to the Aava Hotel right now, to check out more art in person or take a look at his website. 

And Much More...

And like we said this is just the start! There’s tons more ArtWalk and other events coming up this fall including Whistler’s Beer Festival, Writers Festival, Film Festival and Cornucopia. Autumn in Whistler is gearing up to be a busy few months so you better plan your trip now!

Photo Credits: Justa Jeskova

Photos Credits: Rich Glass

Photo Credits: Andy Anissimoff

Posted by on Thursday, September 01, 2016