Arts briefs: Audain Art Museum set to host new exhibit

Also in arts briefs: Go Fest reveals music lineup

The Audain Art Museum has revealed its next visiting exhibit.

Starting on June 18 several notable artists will be showcased in Faces and Places: Masterwork from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, featuring work by Emily Carr, Salvador Dali and John Constable to name only a few. The exhibit will be making a three-month visit in Whistler, which is the only stop in the province. It will feature 75 paintings created by world-renowned artists alongside some of the most famous artists in Canadian history.

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“It’s amazing that our mountain resort will be hosting such famous artists — representing a must-see event for art lovers,” said executive director Susan Greenings in a press release. “(It’s) a unique opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new acquaintances. For example, Salvador Dali’s Santiago El Grande is considered one of his most important Surrealist works and is sure to inspire awe.”
Terry Graff, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s director, CEO and chief curator curated the exhibit. It is sponsored by TD Bank Group and the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program. It also presents the legacy of Lord Beaverbrook (earlier known as Max Aitken).

“The way in which the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Masterworks exhibition evolved from the philanthropic activities of Lord Beaverbrook curiously parallels the incredible generosity of Michael Audain in the creation of the Audain Art Museum, including the donation of his British Columbia collection to create a public institution that will enable Canadians and international visitors alike to participate in a very special cultural experience,” said Audain Art Museum curator, Darrin Martens, in a release.

For more information on the summer exhibit, visit audainartmuseum.com.

Go Fest announces free concert line-up

Go Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival, will be hosting a free concert every night during the May long weekend on the Main Stage in Village Square at 7:30 p.m.

Dan Mangan, an acoustic troubadour and two-time JUNO winner will be kicking off the series on Friday (May 20) night. Alex Cuba, who was nominated last February for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop category, will be hitting the stage on Saturday (May 21) evening. To close the show on Sunday (May 22), alternative folk rockers The Matinee will be playing.

Go Fest, now in its third year, celebrates May’s intersection of winter and summer activities in Whistler. Produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), GO Fest attendees will have the opportunity to sample a host of outdoor activities and products.

To see this year’s Go Fest schedule, go to greatoutdoorsfest.com.

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