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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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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver

639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2G3
Toll-free
Phone604-682-3455

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.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk - Castlegar

Toll-free
Phone250-354-9169

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.

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Cheryl's Trading Post - White Rock

1711 - 152nd St
White Rock, British Columbia
V4A 4N3
Toll-free
Phone604-538-5008

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 Natives 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.

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Christina Living Arts Centre - Christina Lake

1675 Hwy 3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
V0H 1E2

Christina Living Arts Centre is the region's newest & greenest facility. Solar & geothermal heating & cooling, high performance green 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 & 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 Information Centre is also located inside. Facility (inside & out) available for conferences, reunions, meetings & weddings. Catering available. Located in the nature park, swimming close by. Performances & musical presentations throughout the year, inside & outside (during summer months).

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Cormier's Studio Art Gallery - Penticton

495 Vancouver Ave
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 1A4
Toll-free
Phone250-493-3273

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.

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Crystal Cabin Gallery - Tlell

778 Richardson Rd
Tlell, British Columbia
V0T 1Y0
Toll-free866-557-4383
Phone250-557-4383

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.

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Doing Earth Pottery - Chilliwack

4326 Kehler St
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V2R 5E4
Toll-free
Phone604-823-2250

Doing Earth Pottery features unique hand crafted locally made pottery in some of the most unique colours. Shelley has created over 64 one of a kind functional art pieces that make ideal gifts or an addition to the decor of any home or dwelling.

In the gallery visitors will find a selection of raku pottery finished with horsehair that makes a unique art piece.

Shelley also loves her jewelry and features hand made gemstone earrings from gems found all around the world.

The gallery is located in the historic and scenic Yarrow in Chilliwack. The gallery is surrounded by magnificent trees and a huge variety of flowers.

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Fanny Bay Candle Company - Fanny Bay

415 Station Road
Fanny Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1W0
Toll-free888-335-0485
Phone250-702-5913

FBCC is a three generation, family owned and operated Canadian company. All of our candles are 100% hand made with high-quality raw materials. We craft custom candles that are durable, long lasting and have brilliant colour finishes, resulting in long burning candles. At FBCC we hand pour, hand finish and produce candles of all shapes and sizes. Our cotton, lead-free wicks, quality scents and superior wax, produce an environmentally friendly candle, that you can be proud to purchase and FBCC is proud to sell. The shop is open to the public and we love having visitors stop by to see the shop, watch how we make our candles, browse the retail stands, or even make a candle of their own as a gift or souvenir.

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Headbones Gallery - Vernon

6700 Old Kamloops Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1P8
Toll-free
Phone250-542-8987

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!

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Kelowna Art Gallery - Kelowna

1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R3
Toll-free
Phone250-762-2226

Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna Art Gallery welcomes visitors to explore the four exhibition spaces that showcase a variety of work by local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.

Join us for Family Sundays, offered every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm, for an exciting hands-on, art activity led by friendly artist-instructors. Admission to the exhibitions is also included.

Be sure to take advantage of our "Free Admission Thursdays!" when we stay open late from 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.

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