Category Archives: ARTISAN GALLERIES

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden

Can there be a lovelier place to be on a fine summer’s day than a beautiful garden filled to the brim with talented artisans and musicians?  If you think that nothing could be better, be sure to mark your calendar … Continue reading

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A slower pace in the pretty seaside village of Cowichan Bay

If you are looking for a pleasant way to dawdle away a leisurely morning or afternoon, Cowichan Bay, located on the east coast of the Island, just may be the ticket. The funky little waterfront village is located smack in … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Whippletree Junction – a charming shopping enclave

One of the oldest and quirkiest little shopping enclaves on Vancouver Island is snugged up right alongside the Island Highway just south of Duncan. Whippletree Junction came in to being 47 years ago, the result of relocation of some of … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Totem Tour

First Nations culture has always played a huge role in life in the Cowichan Valley, to the point were the main city, Duncan, is known as The City of Totems.  There is much native history seen in every facet of … Continue reading

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Magical beauty at Parksville’s Robert Held Art Glass gallery

  Magical.  That is the best word I can think of to describe the Robert Held Art Glass gallery in Parksville. We recently visited the huge Quonset hut that houses the Held gallery and glass-blowing operation and were flabbergasted at … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Ahtsik Native Art Gallery

You get a couple of unexpected bonuses when you walk through the doors of Port Alberni’s Ahtsik Native Art Gallery – the beautiful aroma of cedar permeates every nook and cranny. And, in addition to enjoying the striking work created … Continue reading

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Coombs’ Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery features diverse contributions from First Nations artisans

  The collection of buildings and businesses that comprise the tiny community of Coombs these days is diverse, to say the least.  Most folks head for the famous Coombs Market, better known these days as Goats on the Roof. But … Continue reading

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Downtown Nanaimo offers eclectic shopping and dining alternatives blended with a dash of history

History, character, eclectic dining options and great personalized service most certainly aren’t the hallmarks of the behemoth shopping malls that have mushroomed throughout North America during the past few decades. But for those who prefer something other than the same … Continue reading

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Blue Heron Steel Studio – an unexpected art treasure in the heart of Qualicum Beach

Update effective July 30, 2015 – Blue Heron Steel Studio has moved to #16-1343 Alberni Highway.  The new phone number is: 250-586-2477 You find the darndest things in the craziest places.  Nelson Shaw’s Blue Heron Steel Studio is a prime … Continue reading

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Courtenay chain saw artists create unique beauty

I have always thought of chainsaw sculpture as a rather crude form of artistic expression, but my attitude toward this most demanding creative endeavour changed this past winter when I tripped across Kevin Lewis and Angela Kroeker hunkered down in … Continue reading

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