Pembertonians — and Sea to Sky residents in general — don’t often have a reason to get dressed up.
Sure, there are office Christmas parties, fundraisers and occasional award ceremonies, but even then your fanciest flannel will still suffice. The Pemberton Arts Council (PAC) is giving you one more chance to dig out your finest duds with their Mountains of Art fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 25.
“It’s a chance to get dressed up and socialize,” said Anne Crowley, acting president of PAC. “There’s a bit of a lack of social events this year because a couple of the well-known events are not going on in Pemberton. It’s a chance to get dressed up and go out and talk to people. I think it’ll be a lot of fun.”
It will also support a good cause. Not only will the event showcase an array of local artists, but funds raised will also go towards setting up a scholarship for a local student in this year’s graduating class who would like to go to art school, as well as helping to repair the Art Barn, where much of the organization’s event equipment is stored.
“There’s never been much of an art scholarship available and so we’d really like to play a part in art by encouraging a young graduate to attend art school, which is very expensive,” Crowley said.
The event, set to take place at the Black Squirrel, will feature a one-day art exhibit with a mix of well-known local artists — from Vanessa Stark to Karen Love, Mike Tyler and Valerie Butters — and emerging artists. In total, between 20 and 24 pieces of painting, sculpture and pottery will be on display.
“All the artists will be in attendance so that will be interesting for people to chat with them and ask them questions,” Crowley said. “All the art will be for sale, so if someone wants to buy the art they can buy it that night or see more at their studios.”
On top of that, there will be a silent auction featuring art and art-related items — like a family pass to the Audain Art Museum. The event will also include a wine tasting from Fort Berens and appetizers.
“We’ll have live music and local musicians Tom McCoy and Dawn Walsh playing acoustic music and singing and we’ll have a silent auction if you’re looking for that special something — maybe for Christmas,” Crowley added.
Tickets for Mountains of Art are $25 available at Scotiabank, the Pemberton Valley Supermarket and Our Glass in Birken. There will also be a shuttle bus from the Downtown Community Barn to the Black Squirrel starting at 6:45 p.m.
“We will have some tickets at the door, if they’re still available,” Crowley said. “There are only 120 tickets, so we encourage people to get tickets in advance so you’re not disappointed.”