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Victoria, Art Galleries & Artists
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The first thing I notice as I walk into room #308 is the amazing array of artwork. The immense Roy Henry Vickers
carving of a Tshimshian Halibut and Octopus Red Cedar House Post dominates the entrance way. An original Jack Shadbolt collage, Birds in a Tree #2, is tucked away in the corner of the living room, humble in its place, yet bursting with colour. The Toni Onley
in the dining room is, unfortunately, too big to stuff into my suitcase and take home, like shampoo and shower caps.
To say I am in awe would be an understatement. I am standing in the middle of a private art gallery / hotel room, filled with the work of famous B.C. artists - who wouldn’t be drop-jawed? And then there are the antiques. Original Louis Vuitton luggage in the bedroom. Asian dressers with secret drawers. Light fixtures, vases, butlers and books. Too many to place in time.
I can easily (and literally) see why the renovated heritage hotel, the Swan’s Suites Hotel
, is known as Victoria
’s “Art Hotel.”
The next morning, in the Brewpub
where breakfast is served, I spot three Toni Onley watercolours in the entranceway, and many Firs