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Arts & Museums
West Vancouver Museum recounts the varied history of West Vancouver. It is located in a ballast-stone house built in 1940 by Gertrude Lawson, daughter of businessman John Lawson, known as the Father of West Vancouver. When Lawson visited Scotland, she so admired the regal mansions and castles that she saw there that she had her home built in the style of those majestic Scottish estates. The stones used in the construction are believed to have originated from New Zealand as ballast on timber trading vessels. Admission price is collected as donation.
Walking along North Vancouver's Esplanade, it is difficult to miss this gallery front. It initially appears to be a gift shop or simple gallery, but it is actually a little of both. The Morgan Dawne Gallery features an eclectic sampling of local talent, making a point of supporting local art projects. If you love quilts, fine jewelry, cast iron creations, diverse woodwork or revealing canvases, then you are in luck. Prices range from reasonable for smaller pieces to expensive for higher-end ones.
Presentation House Gallery is North Vancouver's multi-functional art center. Part theater, gallery and museum, it focuses on contemporary art in many forms. The gallery portion houses one of the largest photographic and artistic media collections in the west. Both national and international artists display their work here, but the focus is on Canadian talent. In addition to the gallery, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives holds the key to the North Shore's photographic history. The Presentation House Theatre plays host to a variety of dramatic performances year round.
Buschlen Mowatt Galleries has won the "gallery of the year" award from a prominent local magazine and does a good job of living up to its reputation. This downtown attraction displays the work of leading local and international artists, as well as first shows of contemporary artists. The gallery itself is spacious and welcoming. Works exhibited are not limited by type, so you can see sculpture, painting, photography and other art forms.
It's incredible that such delicate figures can be sculpted from such hard materials. The jade and semi-precious stone creations of master sculptor Lyle Sopel are well worth seeing. His work is world-renowned and has been commissioned by internationally recognized figures. Most of his pieces are expertly and intricately sculpted wildlife figures.
This downtown gallery in Vancouver, Canada displays modern Russian art. The owner deals directly with the artists in Russia, allowing easier access to works at affordable prices. Romanov Gallery has contacts in all parts of the world and is able to track down special order pieces. The works featured are from internationally acclaimed artists, with an emphasis on contemporary Russian works. Canadian Neo-romantic paintings and sculptures are also on display.
Roedde House is a restored Victorian home in downtown's West End. Built in 1893 for city newcomers Gustav and Mathilda Roedde, its design is credited to the early B.C. architect Francis M. Rattenbury, who designed the impressive Legislative Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria. The style is Queen Anne Revival, which can be seen in fine details like its cupola, bay windows and veranda.
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is named after the artist who explored his Haida roots through sculpture and other forms of artistic expression. This public gallery aims to share and promote aboriginal art and give viewers a new perspective from which to view the world. With events and exhibitions helping to preserve the unique aboriginal cultures and their mythologies, the Bill Reid Gallery also impacts the community through lectures and educational programs.
The title 'souvenir shop' is nowhere near appropriate for this long-established store and gallery located in historic Gastown. If you crave something unique, this store and gallery is the place to go. What began in 1946 as a general store steadily grew into a place where local natives could sell their artwork and crafts. Today, it has one of the largest collections and selections of these artworks in North America. You'll find art, cards, carvings, unique clothing, and special items like drums, headdresses, paintings and more.
Images for a Canadian Heritage is a gallery in Gastown, that houses a selection of souvenirs, original aboriginal art, paintings and sculptures. The collection is wonderful, painting a complete picture of the rich Canadian art. Among the native art are available, sculpture, prints, carvings and crafts. You'll also find items like handmade dream catchers and moccasins. It's a good place to pick up quality souvenirs. Check it out as you wander through the cobblestone streets, specialty shops, and attractions of this downtown heritage area. Visit website for more details.
This gallery is situated in a large heritage building, which was once a courthouse, right in the center of Downtown. The fifth largest in Canada and Vancouver's leading visual arts museum, it features four floors of artwork from those of groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. There are rotating exhibitions of major international works, as well as permanent collections of local artists such as Vancouver's famous Emily Carr, Marc Chagall and others. There's also a gift shop, cafe and open art library on site. Rates are subject to change, so do check the website before planning a visit.
Located in the famous Gastown neighborhood, Spirit Wrestler Gallery exposes you to exclusive cross cultural and aboriginal pieces of work that are a sure surprise. To learn about the cultural similarities and ways of life around the world, this place offers master works of Northwest Coast, Maori and Inuit artists. Named after James Houston's book, the gallery represents the philosophy of belief and power in oneself. Watch out for the small creative objects and jewellery in the lower level of the gallery. To know more, call ahead or visit the website.