The Great White North opens at The Gallery

Also in arts briefs: holiday workshops offer crafty gifts, Children’s Christmas Fair returns, big kids build Lego

One thing is top of mind for most locals right now: the white stuff.

Tapping into Canadian winter fever, Arts Whistler is unveiling its latest exhibit at The Gallery at Maury Young Arts Centre on Thursday (Dec. 7) called The Great White North. The show will feature a range of winter-themed pieces, from mountain photography to artfully adorned hockey sticks and references to 1980s Canadian pop culture.

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Also on display as part of the show: the finalists from Prior Snowboard’s annual Topsheet competition. First place this year went to Whistler-based artist Alicia Clark.

The exhibit will run until Jan. 7, but catch the opening reception on Thursday (Dec. 7). Party-goers are invited to wear their favourite hockey jerseys, toques and plaid for the event, which will feature beer, live music and a stubby label creation station. It starts at 7 p.m.

Holiday workshops take place

Christmas might be fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to make some gifts or decorations this season. To that end, Arts Whistler is hosting Art Lab: Felted Ornaments on Monday (Dec. 11). The session (which has been a hit in past years) will teach participants basic wet felting techniques in order to make ornaments, coloured beads, sculptures or miniature stockings.

While material is provided, participants are invited to bring their own colour selection of wool roving. No experience is necessary, but you have to register online. Cost is $35 for non-members and $32 for members. The session runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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Another hands-on event set to take place is the Winter Wreath Workshop on Thursday (Dec. 7). Running from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Gather Creatives in Function Junction, participants will learn how to make their own asymmetrical contemporary wreath using evergreen boughs, branches and other “botanical embellishments.”

The Garden Shed is hosting the event, which will include supplies. The cost is $95 with a maximum of 10 people.
To register, visit

Catch the Children’s Christmas Fair

Still have a few names on your Christmas shopping list? Whistler Waldorf School is hosting its annual Children’s Christmas Fair on Saturday (Dec. 9) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will feature food, activities, crafts and an artisan market that includes woodworking activities, candle dripping and an “enchanted cookie forest.”

Admission is free with food and activities priced separately. For more information visit

Lego competition for (big) kids

Two quick questions: are you a big kid at heart? Do you enjoy Lego? If you answer yes to both, head to the Whistler Museum on Tuesday (Dec. 5) for the annual Big Kids Lego Building Competition. This year, the theme is “build your dream backcountry hut (or campsite).”

To preregister visit the museum or call 604-932-2019. Cost is $10, which includes one drink ticket.

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