Comox Valley Art Gallery
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is dedicated to presenting and fostering contemporary art by professional artists from the region, the country and beyond. Through our exhibitions, publications, creative residencies and education programs, we link the Comox Valley to the broader world of contemporary art practice. We actively engage the public, draw visitors, and enliven the community through public events, performances, community collaborations, all-ages make art projects, youth training and mentorship programs, and a gift shop that sells the work of hundreds of local artists. CVAG is an independent public gallery run by a non-profit society.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is a wheelchair-accessible space staffed by friendly, engaging employees, and should be a priority on your “go see” list if you appreciate art. The gallery is in downtown Courtenay, on Duncan Road, in what was once the Courtenay Fire Hall but has been entirely renovated. These days the space is beautifully lit with big windows and skylights. There’s ample room to move about the gallery, and a spacious, accessible bathroom with a universal height toilet, grab bar and sink with leg clearance.
While I was visiting recently, I donned a headset and participated in an interactive exhibit about the importance of water and our relationship with it, which was thought-provoking and ethereal. Many local artists' works are featured in the gallery space, as well as in the small but thoughtfully stocked gift shop. Workshops, book readings by local authors, and art-based outreach projects take place regularly at the gallery. There are accessible parking spaces across Sixth Street next to the library.