Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
As the self-proclaimed Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada, Hope's oversized wood carvings are a sight to behold.
There are more than 30 carvings of wildlife and pioneer scenes scattered around town but weather damage and new inspiration makes them a forever changing display.
Some carvers have their own studios: Pete Ryan who initiated the concept by transforming fallen trees into a public arts program; Randy Swope who carves everything from huge bears out of cedar trunks to tiny frogs out of apricot pits, and Rob Forde, a chiropractor whose office includes an impressive gallery of carvings that represent the provinces of Canada from coast to coast.