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Play in Beautiful BC

Play in Beautiful BC
The following pages capture the Beautiful B.C. mural project
that was painted in 2006 by Mike Svob and Alan Wylie as
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commissioned
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The 16-panel
mural is being
installed as a massive digitized reproduction - 256 feet in length,
at several B.C. locations beginning in 2007 at Campbell River,
Langley and other sites to follow in 2008 and onwards. Both
artists have many years of professional experience painting
conventionally sized canvasses as well as murals. Alans first
mural was finished in 1960. His first collaboration with Mike
at the Vancouver International Airport was in 1993.

To view a brief documentary on the project entitled


The Muralists by Peter J. Segnitz select the artists
names listed at www.whiterockgallery.com

British Columbia Artist

British Columbia Artist

Mike Svob

Alan Wylie

Mike Svob, born in Welland, Ontario in 1955, has been a full


time artist since 1982. This year, 2007, Mike is celebrating
his 25th year as a professional artist. Outstanding artistic
achievements have included mastering watercolours, acrylics
and oils. To date, Mike has had over 65 exhibitions and has
produced over 25 large scale murals throughout North
America. He is an impressionist that is easily identified by
his signature use of strong bold colour.

Artists and also a senior member (SFCA) of this society. As


an award-winning artist and a leading teacher and workshop
instructor, Mike strongly believes that sharing knowledge
among fellow artists and art students provides only positives
results for all.

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is a romantic, impassioned by the visual presentation

Mike Svob is an artist who enjoys the creative process.


He is an avid map reader and a pilot, a person with a great
sense of adventure. He has cycled through Europe, flown his
single engine plane from coast to coast in Canada and the
U.S. and trekked through Nepal. Each year he conducts a
plein air painting workshop in either Europe or Mexico. He
also teaches throughout the year in British Columbia and
Alberta, and is a contributing writer to a selective group of
art publications.
He is an artist, a husband and a father and resides in White
Rock, B.C. Svobs paintings are held in many private and
corporate collections throughout the world. His work has
been featured in International Artist Magazine, Magazin
DArt, Artist Magazine and American Artist. Mikes images
of his paintings and ideas about painting can be found in
several art books. He studied at the University of Western,
Ontario and is a past president of the Federation of Canadian

that life has to offer. The power and movement of light is


captured in his work and nature interacting with people
plays an important role in his art. For Mike, his life is his art
and all it encompasses.

It is a rare thing to be commissioned to do an art project


of this size and scale with the wide open artistic license
allowed us by Playtime Gaming. This gave both Alan and
I free reign to conceive, design and paint this monumental
work of art that truly represents our combined talents and
vision of the west.

To learn more about the artist Mike Svob please visit his
website www.mikesvob.com

Alan Wylie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938. In 1960,


he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree
in Mural Design and Mosaics. He immigrated to Nova Scotia
in 1967 and began a career as a full-time artist and teacher.
In 1974, he moved to British Columbia and now lives in the
historic village of Fort Langley, B.C. with his artist wife, Janice
Robertson.

He is a Senior Signature Member and Past President of the


Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), the Canadian Institute
of Portrait Artists (CIPA), the Northwest Watercolor Society
(NWWS), the California Watercolor Association (CWA), the
Louisiana Watercolor Society (LWS), the Canadian Society of
Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC), and a Dolphin Fellow (the
first Canadian to achieve this distinction) of the American
Watercolor Society (ASW., DF.) Was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2007.

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Throughout his career, Alan has participated in 69 solo


shows, and innumerable group exhibitions, and has won many
prestigious awards in Canada and the United States, including
the Spillsbury Gold Medal (three times) of the Federation
of Canadian Artists Vancouver, the Gold Medal of the
California Watercolor Association San Francisco, the Rouse
Gold Medallion at the Adirondacks International Exhibition
of American Watercolors New York, the High Winds Medal
(twice), the Mario Cooper and Dale Myers Medal and the CFS
Medal at the American Watercolor Society, New York, and
First Prize at the Louisiana Watercolor Exhibition.

Alan is also a noted mural and mosaic artist, with forty-five


completed works in Scotland, Canada and the United States

It was an unusual challenge presented by Playtime Gaming,


when Mike and I were asked to design and paint a mural
which was to be 8 feet high and two hundred and fifty six
feet long, with the theme of recreation in beautiful British
Columbia. We were afforded great artistic latitude by Tom
Nellis and that is most unusual and definately appreciated
by us both. It turned out to be a very rewarding experience,
and we hope that everyone who views it gets as much
enjoyment from it as we got from painting it. Thanks to all
concerned... it was a blast!

To learn more about the artist Alan Wylie please visit his
website www.alan-wylie.ca

Making Tracks at Whistler


Making Tracks at Whistler

t wasnt until the opening of the Great Pacific Eastern Railway (now BC rail) in 1914 that the Whistler region fully
opened up to the outside world. Initially a base for logging and mining, Whistlers natural beauty has spurred
its metamorphosis into a world class year round resort. Whistler now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors
from around the globe, who come to enjoy the first class accommodations and world class recreational pastimes
including site seeing, snow skiing, hiking, golfing and biking to name a few.

Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor

ictoria Harbour is a stunningly beautiful but rare natural harbour complementing its namesake City of Victoria
(also BCs provincial capital), located on Vancouver Island. From its early roots dating back to Captain James
Cooks arrival in the spring of 1778, it has been paramount in the evolution of the City of Victoria. Today it remains a
versatile working harbour, supporting both recreational and commercial interests, while continuing as a primary
tourist attraction.

Towards Canada Place


Towards Canada Place

oal Harbour is located right next to Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. This is the setting for this serene
look at all Vancouver has to offer. It is a city of contrast: whether its relaxing by the shore and reading a book,
fishing or just plain enjoying the views of Grouse mountain to the left or the city and all of its vibrancy and nightlife
and action to the right. Vancouver truly is unique, as it can offer the best of both worlds. Having Stanley Park
(1000 acres) and all of its natural beauty right next door to the city core and all of its architectural beauty makes
Vancouver a world-class city.

Burrard Bridge
Burrard Bridge

he Burrard Bridge was opened for business on July 1st 1932. The bridge was built to act as a gateway to the city
of Vancouver. Often described as a heritage and architectural treasure the bridge today also serves as a marine
gateway to False Creek and its many boating enthusiasts. Burrard Bridge is a main feeder of cyclists and pedestrians
as it is estimated that approximately 2500 cyclists and 3400 pedestrians use the bridge daily and these numbers
continue to grow each year. One of the unique traits of the bridge are the two huge lamps that look like fires at
either end of the bridge span which are a tribute to the Canadian WW1 prisoners of war who huddled around open
fires in their prison camps. The Burrard Bridge, still today serves as a tribute to all that worked on her and as a
critical artery to the beautiful city of Vancouver.

Shannon Falls to Siwash Rock


Shannon Falls to Siwash Rock

wo of natures great monoliths are available to see in their natural beauty to those who live in BC. Shannon falls
is 58 kilometers north of Vancouver on highway 99. Boasting a waterfall of over 1105 feet and smooth granite
walls that are internationally famous for hikers, climbers and picknikers. Shannon falls also attracts over 500, 000
visitors a year to watch its majestic waters tumble out of the sky. Standing at 60 feet tall Siwash rock in Stanley
park is truly an amazing landmark. Legend says that Siwash rock is named after a young brave first nations warrior.
Both Shannon falls and Siwash rock are great examples of the natural landmarks that make the BC coast unique
and intriguing.

Lake OHara Memories


Lake OHara Memories

elcome to Lake OHara a jewel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. A naturally formed high elevation
glacial lake, nestled in a bowl of lush alpine meadows deep in the back country of BC, Lake OHara is
surrounded by dozens of smaller alpine lakes and framed by spectacular peaks permanently mantled in snow. It is
an awesome display of natures talents, and is sure to delight all who are fortunate enough to visit.

Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine

ocated on the Continental Divide near the BC/Alberta borders, Mount Assiniboine was named after the Stoney
Indians or Assiniboines. Because of its distinctive pyramidal shape, it is one of the most recognized mountains
of the Rockies, and was christened the Matterhorn of North America by early travelers. It is the highest mountain
south of the Columbia Ice fields, and at more than 1500 feet higher than any of its nearby neighbors, Mount
Assiniboine forms a conspicuous landmark from virtually every viewpoint for miles around.

Cariboo
B Round Up
Cariboo Round Up

ritish Columbias Cariboo Region is located in south central BC, and is bounded by the Cariboo Mountains to the
east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. To characterize the area as geographically diverse is an understatement.
Dense mature forests merge with rolling grasslands, snow capped mountains back drop lush, green valleys and
glaciers reach out to alpine meadows. It is truly nature at its best, from gold rush country to cattle country.

Okanagan Vineyard Vista


Okanagan Vineyard Vista

he Okanogan wineries are the fastest growing wine region in the world. Often described as the California
of the north in its production of exceptional wines. The Okanogan Valley is on the northern most tip of the
Sonoran desert, which starts in Mexico, and is on the same latitude as the Rhine Valley in Germany and the
Champagne region in France. Intense sunlight and minimal rainfall allow the grapes to ripen to their full maturity,
while the cooler nights help them retain their high acidity making for unbelievable tastes. Sit back on a desert
hilltop vineyard at dawn or dusk as the light changes and shows the stark blue of the Okanogan Lake against the
plush greens of the vineyards and taste the views while sampling one of the world renowned wines made in the area.

108 Ranch
108 Ranch

lso known as 108 Mile House, 108 Ranch is a small residential community in the heart of BCs south Cariboo
region. This area was originally settled in the early 1860s and thrived in the early 1900s during the gold rush.
Today the area is surrounded by hills, ranches and thousands of lakes and remains an enclave of natural beauty and
a much slower pace of life than found in urban centers.

Long Beach Wandering


Long Beach Wandering

ong Beach is truly an island paradise. With the Pacific Ocean in full force pounding the constantly changing
shores of this rugged coastline. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve between Ucluelet to the east
and Tofino to the west, Long Beach is as described with its sandy shores stretching over 6 miles! The beach boasts
the best of elemental forces at play with the wind and tides, sun and rain giving visitors to the island the best of
surfing, beachcombing and or storm watching. After a full day of the hiking on the many trails the island has to offer
a lunch or dinner at the Wickaninnish Inn (in background) is a must while here. Sit in the restaurant and enjoy the
very best fresh and local seafood the island has to offer and then wander outside on the beach to discover all the
tides leave behind every day.

China Beach
China Beach

nchoring the eastern end of the 47 kilometer Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island, China beach lies
about an hour east of Victoria near Jordan River. The fine sand beach is indicative of the rustic nature of the
many beaches on the west coast. It is a great place to spend the day beachcombing, picnicking and relaxing or
exploring the nearby rainforest.

White Rock Summer


White Rock Summer

haring picturesque Semiahmoo Bay with Washington State to the south, and back dropped by inspiring Mt.
Baker to the east, beautiful White Rock Beach bares the name of its home city. The beach, and its famous
two and one half kilometer promenade draws thousands of visitors on a sunny day. Complimenting its refreshing
atmosphere and natural draw are some of BCs finest restaurants to satisfy the taste buds of its many visitors.

Summer at Snug Cove


Summer at Snug Cove

s soon as you step onto the dock at Snug Cove, Bowen Island, a short 20 minute ferry ride West of Vancouver,
you cant help but feel the laid back friendly atmosphere this beautiful locale possesses. Whether its a picnic
lunch on the beach soaking up the sun and all the abundant flora and fauna around you, or simply taking in the
breathtaking views of the Sunshine coast, this area is one not to miss.

Wonder Pass

Wonder Pass
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park tucks into the Rockies between Banff and Kootenay National Parks. The area
is presided over by the rocky peak of Mount Assiniboine, the sixth highest peak in the Rockies rising 3,618 metres
above sea level. It towers over the surrounding peaks and valleys of the park like a new-world Matterhorn. Within
the park is Wonder Pass, which at 7,850 feet is on the Continental Divide, the boundary with Alberta.

North to Golden Ears


North to Golden Ears

The park was named after the twin peaks of Mount Blanshard near the peaks western boundary. Originally part
of Garibaldi Provincial Park, the establishment of Golden Ears Park in 1927 recognized the almost impenetrable
mountain barrier between the two areas. As one of the largest parks in the province, Golden Ears Provincial Park
is prized for its recreational opportunities. The areas vegetation is typical of the coastal western Hemlock forest of
BC and the mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged.

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