Jeremy Bernard crowned King of Storms

Also in arts briefs: Audain Art Museum expands free entry, Canadian Women Composers Project stops in Whistler

French freelance photographer Jeremy Bernard was crowned the King of Storms at Deep Winter last Saturday (Jan. 6).

Based in the Alps, the ski-racer-turned-photographer took the $5,000 cheque home from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler event. “2018 couldn’t start any better,” Bernard said, in a Facebook post. “Really proud to bring Deep Winter Photo Challenge victory back home.”

Coming in second place was Justin Kious, a photographer raised in the Pacific Northwest, and in third, Florian Breitenberger, an Austrian-based photographer.

The 12th annual Deep Winter challenge sent a total of six ski and snowboard photographers into the mountains over 72 hours to create a five-minute slideshow. On top of the judged contest, there’s also a people’s choice category, for which the winner has not yet been announced.

Audain Art Museum expands youth entry

The Audain Art Museum kicked off the New Year with some changes to its admissions.

Starting on Jan. 4, youth up to 18 years old can visit the museum for free. Initially, children up to 16 were offered free entry.

“We heard the feedback from the community and agreed we needed to remove any barrier to youth exploring the museum,” said acting director, Brianna Beacom, in a release. “Including 17 and 18 year olds in our free admission program was the perfect way for the museum to continue to strengthen our commitment to families, the local community and visitors of Whistler.”

On top of that change, the museum will also begin allowing members to bring guests to the museum with a 10 per cent discount on admission. A new membership promotion that also launched on Jan. 4 will also offer anyone purchasing or renewing a membership in January two free months. “We wanted to start the new year with a grand entrance and saw this as the perfect way to do it,” said Jim Moodie, chair of the board of trustees, in a release. “The museum has a lot in store for 2018 and this is just the beginning.”

Canadian Women Composers Project makes stop in Whistler

The Canadian Women Composers Project is set to make a tour stop at The Point Artist-Run Centre on Jan. 28.

Toronto-based soprano Clarisse Tonigussi recently put the tour together after observing that women’s compositions weren’t being given the attention they deserve. The result is a show that highlights the talent of Canadian women in music, as well as poetry and design.

Tonigussi and pianist Matthew Li will perform at stops in Whistler and Vancouver in an hour-long recital with pieces that range from the early 1900s to new work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes.

Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For more information or to purchase them visit thepointartists.com.

More information on the tour can also be found at canadianwomen composersproject.com.

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