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Trees For The Forest
By Arts Whistler

Exhibit | November 4–December 23

Maury Young Arts Centre
Free, All ages,

Time: See opening hours

Trees. Who doesn't love trees? Arts Whistler's new gallery show celebrates and supports the recovery of forested areas affected by large-scale wildfires and the restoration of habitat for wildlife species.

Trees for the Forests is a fundraising art exhibition inspired by the reforestation projects of One Tree Planted - a not-for-profit organization that runs reforestation projects in 43 countries around the world. Nine local artists have branched out and created works inspired by the forests in the areas where One Tree Planted is reforesting; including Australia, the Amazon Rainforest, Romania and Brazil. A portion of sales will go directly to planting trees in the country that inspired the artwork.

Artworks created by: Laura Scarr, Vanessa Stark, Nicole Koshure, Alyssa Bruijns, Ben Poechman, Andrea Mueller, Anna Lynch, and Sherry Klassen.

Can't make it in person? Check out the Virtual Tour


An environmental charity, dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees!

Started in 2014, One Tree Planted has more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year and works with awesome reforestations partners across 43 countries who help get trees in the ground. These projects restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for wildlife.

Thanks to our sponsors:

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  • Arts Whistler
  • RMOW
  • Province of BC
  • BC Arts Council

Artist Bios:

Name: Laura Scarr

Bio: Laura is fascinated with the moments in photographs that have failed to capture reality. Specifically, where the excess of light distorts the colours and forms within an image to the point where reality is suggested but unclear. In these moments, beautiful colours blur and distort to create a veil over reality. Using the language of these distortions in her paintings allows her to create landscapes that, although visible, maintain their mysteries. Laura's sense of true beauty lies in the quiet moments that enable us to contemplate and embrace the unknown.

The wild landscapes of British Columbia create a starting point that Laura uses to morph into abstract explorations of light and colour.


Facebook/Instagram: @LauraScarrArt


Name: Vanessa Stark

Bio: Vanessa' Nes' Stark was born during a mid-winter snowstorm on Canada's West Coast. She followed her passion for snowboarding and moved to Whistler, BC at the age of 17, and fourteen years later to beautiful Pemberton. Her life has been shaped by her love for the mountains, adventures in nature, animals, snowboarding, mountain biking, family, friends, and community.

Nes' bold and unique "Mountain Contemporary" style organically reflects her life's passions. Each art piece holds a story and often speaks of the universal connection between all things and beings in nature.


Facebook/Instagram: @vanessastarkart


Name: Nicole Koshure

Bio: Nicole's artwork is primarily based on finding art in nature. Many of her pieces are inspired by photographs and memories obtained during her time in the mountains, the forests, and on the sea in coastal BC.

Nicole's summer work has led her on many adventures up and down the coast of BC, following her passion for the environment. She has worked with various non-profits and the government on research projects studying everything from coastal wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest to marine mammal conservation and education work in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island, BC - spending many hours on the ocean and further developing a love for the sea.

During the winter months, she currently works as a ski patroller on Blackcomb Mountain - spending as much time as she can exploring the coastal mountains on skis. 


Instagram: @nicolekoshure_art


Name: Alyssa Bruijns

Bio: Alyssa Bruijns is a Canadian adventurer who brings stunning natural landscapes to the world of pen and ink through her work under the name Snowline Art. Clean lines, dotwork, and delicate details bring her passions to paper, focusing on themes such as environmental preservation, Canadian landscapes, wildlife, mountain sports, and mountain culture.




Name: Ben Poechman

Bio: Ben Poechman was born and raised on an organic egg farm in the foothills of southern Ontario. With big mountain dreams and a passion for snowboarding, he graduated high school and headed straight for Whistler.

In 2017 Ben quit his job landscaping to explore a more soulful purpose. His first discovery was an apprenticeship at a stone carving studio in function junction. The miracle of creative expression consumed him that first year, as he began to experiment and explore new mediums to share his dreams and inspirations. He later discovered acrylics and canvas, and a whole new world opened up to him.

Now, Ben's focus has shifted from what he is creating to why. With this newfound approach, he continues to find new ways to bring about positive change through each new series of work. While he continues to explore new mediums, the root intentions for his work run deep.


Instagram: @soulboarder @peakplane


Name: Andrea Mueller

Bio: Andrea is a Whistler-based artist who studied Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. The trees told her to move to the west coast, and she has been listening to their whispers ever since. 


Instagram: @AndreaMuellerArt


Name: Anna Lynch

Bio: A self-declared "British craft nerd," Anna made Whistler her home in 2010 and has been creating artwork in the sea to sky corridor ever since.

​She primarily uses textile mediums such as weaving, felting, knitting, and beading when creating new works. She has always been interested in replicating textures and the tactile elements of the natural world in her work.


Instagram: @knittygrittytextiles


Name: Sherry Klassen

Bio: Sherry lives in Whistler with her husband and her dog, and she loves it. She feels fortunate to get outside every day.

She is inspired by all things west coast - the mountains, forests, and water in all its forms fill her soul.  The surrounding nature allows her to recreate in so many wonderful ways.

Sherry paints primarily with acrylic on canvas, sometimes adding in some mixed media. She is particularly drawn to birds and animals. She strives to capture the soul of the animal and will often paint in a bit of humour to add some joy to the world.

She is living a life of reinvention and currently working on a painting certificate at Emily Carr University. Sherry has discovered a love of painting and a desire to express her inner creativity. She sells her work through Arts Whistler, Roam Gallery, and her website


Instagram: @sheklas


November 04 - December 23
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Maury Young Arts Centre
4335 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC, Canada V8E 0X4