Art Galleries

The Comox Valley celebrates its many artists throughout the regional district at numerous venues and galleries. With abundant resources for inspiration, it is no wonder why so many artists make the Valley their home. Visit any of Comox Valley area galleries and artist studios and you may even find your own inspiration through taking one of the many artist workshops. There is an artist in everyone, come and discover yours.

I-Hos Gallery is proud to share First Nations culture with all who stop to visit online and in person. It sits near the K’omoks Big House, facing the estuary, to celebrate the legacy of Indigenous lives throughout the region. In Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley Art Gallery is the contemporary public art gallery, linking the Comox Valley to the broader world of contemporary art practice. In Comox, the volunteer-run Pearl Ellis Gallery offers an ever-changing exhibit of local artists.

Visit centralislandartsguide.ca to see the growing directory of regional artists you can visit throughout the year. Plan for the annual open Studio Tour & Art Crawl at the end of May, each year, too. This is one of many projects by Comox Valley Arts, the local arts council.

To find many of the local artists, visit the Central Island Arts Guide online.

 

I-HOS Gallery

Offering a stunning collection of First Nation masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more. Featuring works from over 50 talented First Nation Artists. Opened in 1995, it’s proud to share their culture with all who stop to visit online and in person.  I-Hos is to be recognized as the leading retailer of authentic local indigenous art in our region and a trusted ambassador for Indigenous culture and artists in the community. 

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Comox Valley Art Gallery

The Comox Valley Art Gallery, affectionately referred to as CVAG, is a contemporary public art gallery located in downtown Courtenay. They present exhibitions, run public engagement programs and sell the work of dozens of local artists at our gift shop. Their outdoor plaza features work created by K’ómoks First Nation artists, and artwork is visible in a window gallery at all hours.

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Pearl Ellis Gallery

The gallery is completely non-profit and run by passionate volunteers. Admission is free and visitors are invited to come and enjoy new monthly exhibits by local Vancouver Island artists.  As well as local artwork, the gallery provides a vast array of local art greeting cards. The gallery shares space with the Comox Museum in downtown Comox.

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Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery

Explore the largest variety of original Northwest Coast First Nations Art and Jewellery in the area. We work with over 100 local Indigenous artists and master carvers to bring you meaningful, beautiful, as well as affordable Silver & Gold Jewellery, Masks, Paddles, carvings, Prints and more.

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Access Community Arts

Access Community Arts is an open studio and art learning space that offers classes, workshops, family art parties, art camps and more. They offer a wide variety of local arts & crafts for sale, as well as an array of art supplies.

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Artful : The Gallery

Artful : The Gallery is a vibrant, artist-owned and operated gallery in Courtenay, B.C. They showcase emerging and well-known artists across a wide range of media and genres and also function as a working studio space for gallery owner/artist Kristina Campbell.

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Kwigwatsi Studio

Kwigwatsi Studio is the workspace of renowned Northwest Coast Native Artist Andy Everson, and partner, Erin Brillon. The 1500 sq ft production studio houses the latest in both digital and screen-printing equipment and is open to other artists to share and learn, to enhance their work. The studio is located on the K’omoks First Nation. Online studio booking is available.

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