Main street, Barkerville Historic Town
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Art Galleries & Artists

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

In the late 1900s, Wells' quiet rural atmosphere and inexpensive housing attracted a number of artists and artisans.

Today, the small community is home to a good number of unique studios and galleries. Browse creations such as jewelry, photography cards, paintings, raku ceramics, gold nuggets, clay animal tracks and more.

But the artistry doesn't end at the galleries. The town's heritage buildings have also been preserved with artistic flair. Some locals have preserved the facades of their homes and galleries by painting them vivid colours, which creates an impression of gems set against a backdrop of green forest.

The annual ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art happens in August. 

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Island Mountain Arts - Wells

2323 Pooley St
Wells, British Columbia
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Island Mountain Arts has been operating in the vibrant 1930s gold rush town of Wells since 1977 & is just down the road from Barkerville Historic Town & the Bowron Lakes. Island Mountain Arts runs a Public Gallery/Artisan Gift Shop & a School of the Arts, featuring courses in visual, literary & performance arts, including the Toni Onley Artists' Project & the International Harp School. IMA also runs the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, featuring music & workshops, visual art installations, plus the One Minute Play Festival.

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