Whether you happen to be in the market for a picture-perfect piece or are simply looking for an inspirational escape from the dull days of fall on the ‘wet’ coast, you’ll find what you’re looking for along the upper stretch of Granville Street.
Dubbed ‘Gallery Row’ since the 1960s – for a reason that becomes clear within a seven block stroll – 20-odd galleries dispersed amongst boutiques, restaurants and cafes are in this well-trafficked neighbourhood. Check out our five notable picks to help serve as a source for artistic inspiration.
Bau-Xi Gallery is located at 3045 Granville Street, and its name translates to ‘great gift’. This stunning space has established itself as one of Canada’s most respected outlets for established and emerging artists to showcase their work. Upon opening in 1965, this gallery has consistently featured expressive pieces that are a true reflection of Canada’s expansive West Coast.
Uno Langmann Gallery brings to light a unique blend of works from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries of European and North American antiques and paintings for visitors and collectors. Be sure to check out this month’s exhibition, ‘Painting the Everyday: Genre painting in the late 19th Century’, for a colourful glimpse back in time. Find this gallery located at 2117 Granville Street.
Get a contemporary take on locally-produced Canadian art at the Ian Tan Gallery. Tan represents over 30 artists who specialize in painting and glass art works with an upcoming presentation from Richard Cole and Patty Ampleford. Visit them at 2202 Granville Street.
The Winsor Gallery is a must-stop on South Granville’s gallery block. This spacious room undergoes a constant rotation of interesting works, featuring both contemporary Canadian and International artists that will have you doing a double-take. This month, be sure to stop by for a peek at Paul Wong’s buzzed-about presentation ‘5’ (part of his site specific presentations). Visit Winsor Gallery in person at 3025 Granville Street.
For our final noteworthy stop, consider a visit to the Douglas Reynolds Gallery for a truly Coastal art experience. You’ll find this bright and colourful gallery at the foot of South Granville’s Gallery Row (just over the Granville Bridge). This spot specializes in showcasing both historic and contemporary works by Northwest Coast Native Artists. Visit it at 2335 Granville Street.