And when it comes to art in Gastown, why walk, when you can crawl. Good art takes time – time to vision it, time to create the piece and then the time to interpret the truth behind it. Take a day to visit the Galleries of Gastown. Bring a friend, have some lunch and talk to the art. It’s waiting for you.
Artspeak was founded in 1986 and has become a cultural epicenter for emerging visual artists, writers and critics. This not for profit art-house strives to exhibit contemporary art and to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. At Artspeak there’s always something unique, challenging, though provoking and interesting to discover. One of Gastown’s most vibrant and eclectic galleries.
Choboter Fine Art is owned and run by the artist. Donald Choboter was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in the final years of the Great Depression. He obtained his formal education in the Prairies while spending much of his adult life there. A current resident on Alexander Street, Choboter’s contemporary work suggests a fusion of Degas and Pollock.
Established in 1996, Coastal Peoples Gallery has brought art lovers, collectors and visitors together to experience an exceptional collection of fine First Nations and Inuit art works. Pieces include Argillite, Basketry, Books, Glasswork, Graphics, Jewelry, Masks, Pottery, Sculpture, Textiles, Totem Poles, Inuit and Maori Jewelry & Sculpture. Their current exhibition: Arctic Wind V runs for the month of July. Exhibition includes work by acclaimed graphic artist Kenojuak Ashevak and accomplished and precise printmaker, Kavavaow Mannomee. The Arctic Wind V 2016 exhibition collection, as a part of the gallery’s continuing series, illustrates how five prominent Cape Dorset artists exemplify the concept of drawing from the land.
Artist run Gallery Gachet lives by the dictum: Art is a means of Survival. Gachet is a collectively run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators. The gallery holds up to 12 exhibitions each year, in addition to residencies, workshops, artist talks, symposia, special projects and other events. Their current events include Mad Pride: Mad City – (runs till July 24th, ) micro exhibition space and shop – Gallery Gachet’s Salon Shop presents: The Expressive Arts Group (runs till July 24th ) and on July 23rd – IN THIS TOGETHER Benefit Show: Fundraiser for Gallery Gachet! With music, silent auction and cash bar.
Hill’s Native Art is North America’s largest northwest coast native art gallery. The masks and totem poles at Hill’s are some of finest examples of Native Northwestern woodcarvings found in Canada. The flagship store is located here on Water Street with the gallery located upstairs. The array of Native art in it’s many styles and forms, is stunning. At any given time, Hill’s features over 1200 Native artists and represents every Tribe and Nation of the Northwest Coast.
Since 1979, The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver has offered a museum-quality collection of masterwork Inuit and Northwest Coast art in the heart of Gastown. The gallery features new work by established artists along with highlighting the work created by next generation emerging artists. Their Inuit collection includes Inuit Sculpture, Cape Dorset Drawings, Cape Dorset Prints, Inuit Drawings. Inuit Prints, work by Kenojuak Ashevak and Wall Hangings. Their Northwest Coast art collection includes Northwest Coast Sculpture, Northwest Coast Graphics and Coast Salish Art by John Marston and Luke Marston.
Lumas Gallery houses contemporary art photography. The gallery is situated on Water Street, operated by friendly staff with much room to breath while taking in the many varieties and themes on display. Intend on viewing this months featured artists: Francoise Gaujour, Charis Tsevis and Isabelle Menin.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery houses a wealth of Native art exhibitions that feature museum-quality artwork from three cultures: the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast, the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, and the Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Quite possibly, Gastown’s greatest named gallery inspired by a book of the same name by James Huston.