Chili’s artistic successes — and some of
the student works he inspired — will be
showcased at multiple venues around
Whistler, including the Maury Young
Arts Centre, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural
Centre, Whistler Public Library, Whistler
Museum and the Audain Art Museum. In
addition, the public is invited to engage in
the #MeAndMyChili social media imagery
collection by taking a picture of Chili’s
art, or a “Chili-esque” environment, using
the hashtag and sharing through social
channels. The images will be gathered into
a slideshow to be shown at various events
honouring the artist.
Thom was a remarkable artist who
wholeheartedly supported the arts and
artists in the community. Douglas points
out that he was the ultimate cultural
connector. “He connected all of us to
each other. He connected people to
their potential. He connected the artists’
community to what it could be.”
The idea for an exhibition was the
brainchild of Heather Paul, a friend
of Chili’s and the Arts Whistler board
chairperson. At the time, in the fall of
2016, Thom was in a fight for his life
against cancer, although no one, even
Chili, knew how little time he had left.
With the support of Michael Audain, the
wheels were set in motion, and Chili was
able to curate much of the exhibition’s
collection of his artwork.
“At the Audain Art Museum, we want
to provide a wide range of opportunities
for people of all ages to be inspired by
art,” says Suzanne Greening, executive
director. “Chili Thom was an artist who
truly embraced the dynamic interaction
of art, culture and community. We are
delighted to be able to showcase the legacy
that Chili Thom created by welcoming the
community to view his work.”
This past spring, Arts Whistler was
fundraising so that Chili’s collection at the
Audain would be free to view. Douglas
encouraged everyone to participate.
“We’ll never quite fill his shoes but we can
fill some of the void that’s left in spirit,
by bringing some of that fearlessness to
everything we do,” she said.
For more information on the full palette
of The Chili Thom Experience events, visit
EXHIBITS – JUNE 2 TO 26:
His Eclectic Soul | Maury Young
From the eclectic to the unique to the
His Masterpieces | Audain Art Museum
The best of Chili’s works and his progression
as an artist.
Inspired by Chili Thom | Squamish
Lil’wat Cultural Centre
A display of Whistler high school students’
artwork inspired by Chili Thom.
Little Chilis | Whistler Public Library
A showcase of Myrtle Philip Elementary
School students’ Chili-inspired talents.
Collecting Chili Thom | Whistler
From the everyday to the epic — sharing 40
years of Chili Thom’s story and legacy.