Arts Whistler Backdrop Sessions: Isobel MacLaurin

Arts Whistler Backdrop Sessions: Isobel MacLaurin

Arts Whistler has kindly let us share these fantastic videos introducing Whistler artists – you can see the original Backdrop Sessions post on The Gallery at the Arts Centre website.

‘I’m always happy when I paint. Otherwise…why paint? You’re not painting for a job, for god’s sake. ‘ – Isobel MacLaurin

Isobel MacLaurin has been a working artist all her life. At 85 years old, she radiates warmth, creativity and her own special energy, with a cracking sense of humour to boot.

A long term Whistler resident, she used to paint posters for World Cup races, and in the early days of Whistler Mountain painted the ski run signs for season’s passes for herself and her family. Her bright murals are seen all around town from Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, on the Valley Trail and in several parks. Her images of life in Whistler, wildlife and nature are vibrant and colourful – perhaps a window into how she sees the world.

Be Like Isobel – Art Workshops on the Lake

Living on the shores of Alpha Lake in Whistler for many years has provided Isobel with plenty of inspiration, from the water views to the alpenglow on Whistler Mountain. Thanks to Arts Whistler all artists and artists-in-training can experience the same feeling, through the popular Art on the Lake Workshop series, held each summer at the Alpha Lake Station House.

The 2017 workshops have just been announced, with everything from traditional basket weaving to acrylic paints, abstract painting, plein air watercolour, incense making and creative expression on offer. Visit the Arts Whistler website to find out more and sign up – early bird pricing is available until May 12, 2017.



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Pip Campbell

Pip Campbell

Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.