More apres ski or instead of ski at Whistler, an absolute must see is the Audain Art Museum. Designed by John and Patricia Patkau, David Shone and their firm Patkau Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Audain Art Museum is nestled in a grove of Englemann and Sitka Spruce hybrids and was designed to integrate seamlessly into its surroundings. “The feeling is that the museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest,” explains architect John Patkau.”It will be recessive and restrained in its visual presence.” Well, that works.
Housing the art collection of Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko as well as travelling exhibits, this weekend we saw a whole room full of Emily Carr (I have never seen such a large collection and such diverse work of hers), E.J. Hughes, Matisse drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, Northwest Coast First Nations masks both old and new, and the exhibit: Fred Herzog: Shadowlands. Herzog is one of the Vancouver school of photographers of which there are also works in the permanent collection of Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall and many others.
My absolute favourite was Strait of Georgia 1/90: Raza Pass, the stunning work by Takao Tanabe.
And apres apres, you can savour a flight of beer served on a wooden ski at the Brew House or local oysters at Araxi during happy hour. A weekend in Whistler in springtime works for skiers, boarders and those who choose the road through the Village.