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Artist Cory Trépanier paints an Arctic vista in northern Canada.

NatureTrack Film Festival has announced that their kickoff Spotlight Dinner event on March 23 will feature famed Canadian painter, Cory Trépanier, director of Into the Arctic: Awakening. The dinner will be held in downtown Santa Ynez at 3569 Sagunto Street, adjacent to Dennee’s courtyard, from 5:30-8 p.m. 

Trépanier will host a multimedia presentation, revisiting his painting trips that capture the icy grandeur of some of the most wild and remote regions on the face of our planet. Guests at this special dinner event will experience Canada’s northernmost arctic reaches and hear compelling stories about the places, people and processes that have inspired his canvases and films for over a decade.

Award-winning chef Budi Kazali of The Gathering Table at The Ballard Inn will elevate the evening with fine cuisine, and rounding out the dinner will be wine and beer donated by Hitching Post Wines and M. Special Brewing Company.

The artist

In 2001, Trépanier began filming his artistic expeditions, leading to four televised documentaries: A Painter’s Odyssey, Into the Arctic: An Artist's Journey to the North, Into the Arctic II (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) and True Wild: Kluane. His fifth film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, had its first pre-release screening in Monaco before Prince Albert II. His films are broadcast in Canada and internationally.

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Chef Budi Kazali of The Gathering Table at the Ballard Inn will be the guest chef at the 2019 NTFF Spotlight Dinner.

Trépanier's INTO THE ARCTIC exhibition, which included his collection of 60 canvases and his Into the Arctic films, has toured for four years, with 11 museums on the itinerary to date. Highlighting the collection is the 15-foot-wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history. Created from over a decade of painting and exploring the Canadian North, the exhibit premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. 

Trépanier's INTO THE ARCTIC exhibition, which included his collection of 60 canvases and his Into the Arctic films, has toured for four years, with 11 museums on the itinerary to date. Highlighting the collection is the 15-foot-wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history. Created from over a decade of painting and exploring the Canadian North, the exhibit premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. 

 Trépanier has been featured in media around the globe, and his documentaries broadcast internationally, sharing his passion for the wild places that he explores and paints. 

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The NatureTrack Film Festival gratefully acknowledges El Rancho Marketplace for generously donating provisions for the Spotlight Dinner. The festival also offers special thanks to Mia and Kevin Murphy of Dennee’s for the generous use of their venue.

The Spotlight Dinner is included with the purchase of a festival Epic Pass. The dinner can also be purchased separately for $75 at www.naturetrackfilmfestival.org. All names will be held on a guest list at the door.

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Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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