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Victoria, Art Galleries & Artists
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Located less than 10 minutes from downtown Victoria is a true ‘hidden gem’. Oak Bay Village is one of the oldest and most interesting parts of Victoria with a true Village atmosphere in which customer service is still part of the culture. The Village is also home to one of the largest collections of Art & Crafts Galleries on Vancouver Island.
A leisurely stroll through the Village finds 7 superb Art Galleries and Craft Studios representing some of the finest Canadian art & crafts available.
Ted Harrison Studio: Studio of the acclaimedYukonartist Ted Harrison. Limited edition serigraphs, books & cards available.
Red Art Gallery: A small & vibrant gallery featuring award winning Canadian artists whose work is strong, colorful and unique.
Eclectic Gallery: With strong regional representation, Eclectic exhibits original fine art, local crafts and artisan jewellery.
The Avenue Gallery: An exceptional venue to discover some ofCanada’s most distinguished, contemporary and historical artists.
The Gallery in OakBay Village: Original Art & Picture Framing in the heart of Oak Bay Village.
Side Street Studio: Unique Canadian Gifts for everyone. Supporting over 320 localB.C. artists since 1984.
Winchester Galleries: Exclusive fine art dealers handling Canadian historical and contemporary art.
Why not spend a day in the Village? In addition to theArt Galleries you can enjoy lunch or dinner at the Oak Bay Bistro – a superb bistro with fine food by the nationally acclaimed Chef John Waller. Enjoy a drink or food at the Penny Farthing Pub. Ottavio’s Deli is excellent for a light breakfast, lunch or coffee any time of the day. Feys +Hobbsgourmet take out and award winning catering company is also a must visit.
For book-hounds there are two long established book stores; Ivy’s Book Store for contemporary books and the famous Grafton Books for antiquarian books.
Visitors can stay at one ofVictoria’s crowning jewels and most beloved landmarks – the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Spa. Alternatively the Oak Bay Guest House is a gracious old 1912 Victorian Home and well worth the experience.
Along with the best collection of Art & Craft Galleries on Vancouver Island, an excellent choice of dining and accommodation plus a huge range of small, independent & unique shops; there is every reason to make the short journey to the most interesting part of Victoria.