Artists and galleries of British Columbia

Duncan is the city of Totems, ©jodastephen/Flickr

Duncan is the city of Totems, ©jodastephen/Flickr

British Columbia has been blessed with exceptional natural beauty and landscapes which inspires numberless local artists and others from all over the world. Visit BC and you can admire artwork of these local artists which are showcased in many galleries around the region and are kept and considered as treasures.

Learn more about the aboriginals, the first peoples of BC as you take a look at the masks, totem poles, sculptures and jewelry, dramatic paintings, photographs and other crafts. Below you can read more about the most important galleries of British Columbia and the artworks displayed in them.

Major Art Galleries of British Columbia

Many British Columbian artists are renowned nationally and internationally. Their artwork can be viewed in major cities such as Vancouver or Victoria. Visit the Museum of Anthropology in Hope for some chainsaw carvings. On Vancouver Island you can visit the Eagle Aerie Galleri or U’mista Cultural Centre.

Eagle Aerie Gallery, ©D-Stanley/Flickr

Eagle Aerie Gallery, ©D-Stanley/Flickr

While you are on the Art Route, stop by the Haida Heritage Center, the Two Rivers Gallery and the Dawson Creek Art Gallery in Northern British Columbia. We also recommend the Chris Harris Studio Gallery and the Pteroglyph Gallery in Wells, the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science and the Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, the public art collection in Victoria and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

Aboriginal Art in British Columbia

British Columbia is rich in aboriginal art which is represented by totem poles in Gwaii Haanas National Park and in Duncan, where you can also view handmade masks and artifacts which are centuries-old in Whistler, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultral Center. Even the natural environment kept carrying some of the marks left behind by aboriginal artists. Near Hedley and Princeton for example you can find red ocher pictographs and majestic totem poles in the Kispiox Valley close to New Hazelton. Visit Duncan the place also called as the “City of Totems” as it has about 80 totem poles.

Duncan is the city of Totems, ©jodastephen/Flickr

Duncan is the city of Totems, ©jodastephen/Flickr

BC Art Routes

The main idea of art routes is to make it easier to find the most important and remarkable studios and galleries in the region. These tours are mostly self guided and enable you to view artisans at work right in the studio. Visit BC in August and attend the BC Cultural Crawl in which over 80 communities take part. The event includes art walks, culinary arts, music and other kinds of entertainment. Come and join in the fun.

Canadian Cultural Festival, ©waferboard/Flickr

Canadian Cultural Festival, ©waferboard/Flickr

 

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