June 21, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Art Galleries & Artists
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I recently found myself in Dawson Creek and pointedly strolled into the Art Gallery there. I had always wondered what I would find hidden inside the old prairie elevator that contains the gallery, so I had to satisfy my curiosity while I was there.
As it turned out, the art gallery in Dawson Creek is simply amazing! I can assure you that it is no less than a northern treasure.
Inside I found a warm and ambient atmosphere; soft lighting, classical music and an affable feel. On my right I found an open area full of glittering, colourful and even bizarre treasures! Lovely jewelry was laid out everywhere, hand-crafted pottery was displayed and locally made hats and bags were strewn about. I even saw a knitted hat that could hold aluminum cans (for pop, of course)! Truly a treasure chest meant to be adored and all of which were for sale!
My eyes then wandered up the ramp that spiraled all the way up into the rafters, a similar concept to that of the Guggenheim in New York. Here I leisurely wandered up into the ceiling of the old prairie elevator while taking in the beautiful pieces of fine art. As it turns out, Northern British Columbian artists are extremely talented!
Once I made it to the top, there were several narrow staircases leading back down, all of which were lined with either pieces of art from the gallery’s permanent collection or rare photos taken during the construction of the Alaska Highway. Needless to say, it took quite some time before I made it back to the main level of the gallery.
Before leaving the gallery, I perused through the gift shop. I felt as though extra-special attention had been paid to the items for sale in the shop (as there were many things to see, touch and smell). One gorgeous piece that really stood out to me was a walking cane that had a duck masterfully carved into it!
I was pleasantly surprised by this fantastic gallery with its gorgeous display of fine art and carefully chosen items. I absolutely must visit this gallery at least one more time before the end of the summer and I hope you do too! We may even run into each other!