Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
With its beautiful natural setting and idyllic atmosphere, it's no surprise Bowen Island is a mecca for artists and art galleries. In fact, the rural island just off West Vancouver has the fourth-highest number of artists per capita in Canada among communities with populations of less than 50,000.
Artisan Square is the hub of artistic activity on Bowen Island. Located on a hill above Snug Cove, the small, funky square offers a delightful selection of galleries that showcase the creativity of local artists.
The Gallery at Artisan Square (589 Artisan Lane) offers rotating exhibits featuring the likes of photography by Dan Heringa, abstract landscapes by Sharon Norman, and oil paintings by Vikki Armour Fuller. This public gallery holds an annual fundraiser called "Mini Gala" in which 50 Bowen Island artists sell 50 small paintings priced at $125 apiece. It's open Wednesday to Sunday in the summer and Friday to Sunday in the winter.