Art Galleries & Artists
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Drawing inspiration from its magnificent landscape, British Columbia's artists use the province's natural beauty and raw materials to create remarkable treasures showcased in BC art galleries.
Towering totem poles, powerful sculptures and masks, bold prints and exquisitely designed jewellery tell the story of BC's first peoples. Dramatic paintings, evocative photographs and a cornucopia of craft arts capture the province's diverse geography and multi-faceted spirit.
British Columbia Art Galleries
BC claims artists of national and international renown. View their work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Eagle Aerie Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
Aboriginal art is preserved in cultural centres such as the U’mista Cultural Centre, or weathered by the natural environment like the totem poles of Duncan and Gwaii Haanas National Park.
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639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
A public gallery for Contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid alongside changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art. Highlights include stunning gold & silver jewelry, monumental sculptures & a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Gift Shop for a selection of original works & prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards & more. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & Canada Line skytrain.
Designated the Sculpture Capital of Canada, Castlegar's downtown comes alive each year with a stunning selection of public art.
Castlegar Sculpturewalk showcases over 30 outdoor sculptures from local and international artists, located on a walking tour within Castlegar's downtown (total tour time is approximately 1.5 hours).
We invite the public to vote for their favourite sculpture via ballot - the winning piece is purchased for the City's permanent collection, with a total of $25,000 in prizes available to the artists. All of the sculptures are available for sale and lease (download a catalogue from our website for full details).
Brochures/maps are available along the route, or pick one up at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Kootenay Gallery.
1711 - 152nd St
White Rock, British Columbia
Selling authentic Native handmade art & products by Native Peoples of the Americas. Northwest Coast Native carved jewelry, plaques, totems, masks including tables, cradles & Spirit Canoe, custom orders available.
100% handknit wool sweaters from Ecuador, 100% Alpaca products from Peru, Kuna Mola Wall Hangings & Huichole Yarn & Bead Art. Handmade cloth by Native of Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala & more. Rugs by Navajo, Oaxaca & Peru. Carved & painted figures by Oaxaca. A charming selection of dream catchers, collector's items & bead work.
1675 Hwy 3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
Christina Living Arts Centre is the region's newest & greenest facility. Solar & geothermal heating & cooling, LEED construction standards & earth-friendly materials make this building beautiful, inside & out. A Solar Aquatics System processes all waste on-site by natural means & Arts on3 Gallery featuring local and international artisans (glass blowing), gift shop, bistro & spectacular 3D floor mural & Story Pole makes this a fascinating stop to explore the area's rich recreational & cultural features. The Christina Lake Visitors Info Centre is also located inside. Facility (inside & out) available for conferences, reunions, meetings & weddings. Catering available. Located in the Nature Park, swimming close by.
495 Vancouver Ave
Penticton, British Columbia
A cultural tourism feast! Visit our B&B/Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden, all under one roof, centrally located in Penticton, overlooking Okanagan Lake.
Lawrence sculpts steel & Kena creates mixed media 'wallart'. Perhaps you'll even discover a mosaic or two. Functional fun or just for fun, bright & colourful whimsy await your viewing pleasure. If we are not here, feel free to wander the sculpture garden. Open most days from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
778 Richardson Rd
Tlell, British Columbia
Crystal Cabin Gallery with over 20 years of business in Tlell on Haida Gwaii. One of the best selections of jewellery on the islands. Silver, Argillite & wood by Haida artists, beautiful gemstones, crystals, local agates, thunder eggs & island scenic stone. Crystal Cabin Gallery is where artisan jeweller Dutes Dutheil has a workshop gallery designing & handcrafting gold & gemstone jewellery which is available exclusively in the shop. A great assortment of minerals & crystals. Crystal Singing Bowls, books, teas, original t-shirts, cool clothing. Learn about the geology of the islands at the interactive display the 'Tlell Stone Circle', an outdoor installation of local mineral & fossil pieces from the islands. Drive up the hill where there is plenty of parking & shop for the most unique gifts.
6700 Old Kamloops Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
Headbones Gallery is a great hit for the contemporary art seeker visiting the Okanagan Valley. Not only will the program of monthly exhibitions inspire, the uniquely designed building by Julie Oakes is sure to awe.
The gallery showcases drawing, painting and sculpture and features artists from across the region, Canada, USA and Europe. A second Drawer's gallery contains a diverse inventory of original fine art works on paper.
CAUTION: Art collectors risk being seduced by the desire to purchase certain works!
1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District, the Kelowna Art Gallery features 3 exhibition spaces, an inner courtyard and a hands-on activity area.
We also offer a variety of classes, workshops, art camps talks and events for people of all ages, while serving the Central Okanagan Valley with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, primarily showcasing contemporary Canadian artists.
Join us for Family Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm while we explore a weekly theme with hands-on activities led by friendly artist-instructors. Another popular program is our "Free Admission Thursdays" from 3:00- 9:00 pm!
215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
An artist-run co-op full of a diverse range of artistic creations. One of the largest art galleries on the north coast of BC. Items are all handmade locally & include painting, photography, wood & stone carvings, fabric arts from knitting to quilting, artisan jewelry, beautiful pottery & so much more. We are located right at the cruise ship dock in the Atlin Terminal Water Front Market. Come visit us & take your time & enjoy the spectacular scenery as well. See eagles soaring above, you might even catch a glimpse of an Orca.