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State of the Art in the Sea to Sky


State of the Art holds a special place in the hearts of Ski and Snowboard festival goers.

The foyer to the conference centre transforms into a gallery space which seems to mark the end of hibernation and powder fuelled missions where you can’t make it 5 feet from the entrance without seeing a familiar goggle-tanned face.

Opening Night of State of the Art at World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Opening Night- Photo: Ben Haggar

It’s a place to catch up with friends old and new – chat about epic lines from the winter and new exploits summer may hold over a beer while exploring what fellow artists and shred partners have been creating during the darker months.

Sea to Sky Artists

Although the origins of many of the featured artists are as varied as the unique styles represented through paint, photography, sculpture and stitch – the vast majority of talent displayed at State of the Art resides in the Sea to Sky.

Brent V at State of the Art at World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Brent V- Photo: Ben Haggar

It is also very obvious that home is where the heart is – reflected deeply in mountain themed, adventure inspired pieces.

Even the grittier street style art seems to have a mountain flavour to it.

Nora Clarke at State of the Art at World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Nora Clarke- Photo: Ben Haggar

 

Angela Cooney at State of the Art Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Angela Cooney- Photo: Ben Haggar

 

Jessa Gilbert at State of the Art Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Jessa Gilbert- Photo: Ben Haggar

The Legend- Chili Thom

What would State of the Art be without the legendary Chili Thom representing his visions – and whose distinct style partly defines Sea to Sky art?

A State of the Art Staple

Since the show’s inception well over a decade ago, Chili has been a part of the festival every year.

It just wouldn’t be the same if his iconic pillow-crested trees, bright colourful landscapes, and dreamy waves weren’t part of the intermission beer run at timeless events like the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown or the Pro Photographer Showdown.

Dear Chili… Photo: Ben Haggar

Again, Chili’s art does not disappoint with a double sized display featuring some of his classic pieces right near the entrance.

Runs until April 14th

The 10,000 sq.ft gallery space in the lobby to the Whistler Conference Centre featuring over 50 artists is open from April 8 – 14 from 12 – 6pm and for the ticketed events as well.

Margaret Forbes at State of the Art . Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler
Margaret Forbes- Photo: Ben Haggar

Buy Online

If you can’t make it up to Whistler and still want to get your hands on some primo Sea to Sky art, check out the online shop at artstore.wssf.com/collections.

More Squamish Artists You’ll See

Amy Avdeeff

Amy Avdeeff at State of the Art in Whistler
Amy Avdeeff

Stan Matwychuk

Stan Matwychuk at State of the Art in Whistler
Stan Matwychuk

Mary Mary

MaryMary Gothic Ponderosa
MARY MARY

Lani Imre

Lani Imre at State of the Art in Whistler
Lani Imre

Krista Dutton

Krista Dutton at State of the Art in Whistler
Krista Dutton

Leilani the Artist

Leilani the Artist at State of the Art in Whistler
Leilani the Artist


Ben Haggar

The author Ben Haggar

Ben is a Squamish based photographer and writer. Using surfing and mountain biking as catalysts, he aims to meld action sports with experiential travel in remote and wonderful locations around the globe. Ben also works as an Assistant Expedition Leader planning and executing expeditions in the Polar regions, but misses BC's alchemy of hops and water when away. He is an ambassador for On-Sight Equipment. Follow him on Instagram @benhaggarphoto
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