Only a year and half since opening the White Dog Studio Gallery in Function Junction, owner and artist Penny Eder announced the addition of another location at one of Whistler’s premiere boutique hotels, the Nita Lake Lodge.
The new gallery will inhabit 1,000 square feet at the lodge’s ‘Train Station’ space, a distinct venue Eder is already familiar with that will house fine art in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics,
“Most of the events I hold in the evening have been at the Nita Lake Lodge. They have really been an amazing partner with me and the gallery for the last year,’ Eder said. “It’s a nice natural flow because of the increase in visitors and conventions they’re having (at the lodge), and they needed something more art-related for people to do. So with the events that I can hold and what we’re planning, it’s just perfect.”
The existing location on Millar Creek Road will no longer be used as a gallery space, but will remain in operation as a production studio and will also play host to community art workshops.
Mike Duggan, general manager of the 77-room Nita Lake Lodge, sees the addition of a fine art gallery as another step towards improving the guest experience at the boutique hotel.
“This is an important further step in offering our guests a unique ‘art hotel’ experience, and we are delighted to welcome Penny and the White Dog Studio Gallery to the Nita Lake Lodge family,” he said in a release.
White Dog is Whistler’s only working studio and gallery and currently displays pieces from dozens of artists, including more than 25 from Whistler. Eder attributed White Dog’s quick growth to the affordability of the pieces for sale, and the wide diversity of fine art and craft that’s available.
“People have a real affinity for the works they see in here. I hear on a daily basis about how different all of the artwork is and how it fits in with what they like,” she said.
The hotel gallery is set to open Nov.1, with a grand opening scheduled for Nov. 9 at Nita Lake Lodge starting at 10 a.m.