Art Galleries & Artists
Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)
Hundreds of inspired hobbyists and a handful of world-class artisans reside in Qualicum Beach and the surrounding region.
Big names include potter Larry Aguilar and glassblower Ted Jolda (whose reputation skyrocketed after two of his amber pears were featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Art in a Heritage Schoolhouse
The focal point of the arts community is the Old School House Arts Centre (122 Fern Rd. West near Qualicum Foods). Masterfully restored, the 1914 schoolhouse (known locally as TOSH) is now home to resident painters, silversmiths, potters, photographers and other fine artists who work in open-door studios. Ask questions! They're happy to chat about their art.
A full schedule of art classes is offered at TOSH year-round, including a popular summer program for children. Three galleries in the complex host regular exhibitions. And the centre's small theatre features classical and jazz concerts.