Vancouver Museums and Galleries

Vancouver Art Gallery

Located in Vancouver’s downtown core, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in Western Canada and is one of the most respected in Canada. The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to international travelling pieces from various artists as well as over 200 permanent pieces by the noteworthy Emily Carr, a local British Columbian.

As the Vancouver Art Gallery contains a deep collection of historical pieces, some refer to it as an art museum rather than an art gallery. Time-honoured architecture and a centralized location make the Vancouver Art Gallery a popular host to indoor & outdoor public events. This only adds to the city’s character as all sorts of creative types entertain the passing crowd daily.

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver B.C.


Equinox is the most popular gallery in Vancouver for those in the know. This gallery strives to only display art of the highest quality from internationally renowned Canadian sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and painters. Although not overtly controversial or tense, displays here range from high realism to abstract. Equinox is located across the Granville Street Bridge close to Broadway Street.

2321 Granville Street, Vancouver B.C.

Contemporary Art Gallery

The Contemporary Art Gallery has grown from a Canadian Government establishment in 1971, to the only independent non-profit public art gallery in downtown Vancouver. In 2005 the Contemporary Art Gallery collaborated with Rethink Communications to create a “Button Wall.” Over 50,000 buttons were pinned to the gallery’s exterior each with an individual word representing one of a hundred possible responses to contemporary art. People were permitted to take as many buttons home as they wished garnering the gallery loads of local recognition to further promote contemporary art.

The Contemporary Art Gallery stands apart from other Vancouver galleries as it not only exhibits visual art, it also facilitates education and outreach programs, organizes public talks, generates publications, and more.

555 Nelson Street, Vancouver B.C.

Museum of Anthropology

Located at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology focuses on local First Nations art. A stunning assortment of First Nation totem poles, tools, and weaponry can be appreciated here. Many of these items are held at the Museum’s Visible Storage Gallery which is home to over 15,000 historic artefacts. The world’s largest collection of works by Bill Reid, an internationally recognized Haida artist, can also be found here including his most popular piece, “Raven and the First Men.”

6393 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver B.C.

Roedde House Museum

Built in 1893, Vancouver’s Roedde House Museum is a late-Victorian home restored to represent the day-to-day life of a middle class family at the turn of the last century. Unlike other house museums, rooms here are not roped off or behind glass. Some of the house’s objects can be touched and even handled with care.

The museum offers guided tours, lecture series’, and elementary school packages. The house and surrounding park area, which is neighboured by other heritage houses dating from 1890 to 1908, can be rented for weddings, meetings, receptions, photo shoots, and other private events.

1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver B.C.

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is the largest civic museum in Canada and home to over 100,000 objects. Located just across the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, this museum boasts permanent exhibits which date back to the early 1900’s. These exhibits help illustrate Vancouver’s story and are used to provoke conversations on Vancouver’s past, present, and future.

Visit the Museum of Vancouver’s official website before heading out to see what’s on display while you’re in town. The Museum of Vancouver offers affordable family packages and is a great place to spend a rainy day in the city.

A Recap of My Gallery Visit

As you may recall from a previous article I had chosen to visit the Peninsula Gallery located in Lewis Delaware for a project in my art class. This is a small privately owned gallery which specializes in exhibiting the art work of many eastern shore artists. This provides an excellent occasion for the particular artists to possibly sell their work to tourists from out-of-state which arrive to view the artists work.

I initially chose this small shop to report on due to its location. First off, the location is along our shore line in southern Delaware and is known for its artistic atmosphere. Many artists, both known and unknown visit our Rehoboth-Lewis area annually. This opens up many avenues for surveying worthwhile art work. In addition, the gallery was not for from the city where I resided making it very convenient to attend.

This was the first time I had ever attended this gallery and eventually I walked away with two new friends who were the owners and operators of the location. The proprietors, Carol and Tony Boyd-Heron were sociable hosts, as I casually roamed their premises and they often offered advice when needed. They were both very artistically educated in the field of art and were pleasant to converse with.

The interior of the gallery was laid out similar to what one would discover in a small home. As you wandered from one room to the other in search of visual adventures it was a pleasant surprise at some of the art found. There were four major sections of the gallery however only two were to apply to my assignment, the general art work area and the featured artist exhibit area. The remaining locations within the gallery were reserved for the owners frame business and their painting restoration service.

I think the best part of the visit other than the art work which hung upon the wall was the friendly atmosphere offered to newcomers as you first enter through the doorway. It is always good to be greeted with a warm smile and a congenial “Can I help you find anything?” I was at first taken back by the small size of the gallery but that shock quickly past as I investigated the works hanging on the walls. I found that even though the gallery may have been small in size it was large in quality art material.

I admit I was a bit disappointed with not being able to see the Frank Schoonover exhibit of which I had originally planned to report on. Unfortunately, the art work had not yet arrived and I was forced to select an alternative artist for my review. Walking from room to room I could see the changes of topics from one artist to another. In one room we may have seascapes while in another we witness the busy activities associated with “Small Town USA”.

Since I was somewhat of a modern abstract artist I decided to question the owner on the lack of any sort of modern style art hanging in the gallery. He informed me that due to the lack of a market for that type of work they usually did not provide space for them. My eventual selection was with some recent works by Howard Eberle. Although I was not familiar with this artists work, one watercolor painting in particular caught my attention. It was a simple painting which provided a measure of space combined with structured composition. I enjoyed the shadow and light effects that he accomplished so well. The title of this work of art which attracted my eye was referred to as “Sunset Bay”.

“Sunset Bay” is a small two by three feet watercolor painting featuring a beach scene with white sand in the foreground accented by a receding circular sun. You could ready realize that the painting was displaying an evening view of the ocean as the sun slowly descends into the horizon. The artist has skillfully shown the horizon in complimentary colors and shades to balance the remainder of the canvas.

A beach chair in total black without adornment is in view within the foreground revealing the skills of the artist in contrasting the various shades of light and dark. As I viewed the painting from across the room my eyes immediately made their way to the declining sun sitting peacefully on the vivid horizon. Mr. Eberle has managed to successfully combine the straight lines of his beach chair to the curvatures of the fading sun. As the parallel lines from the horizon blend in with the remaining portions of the painting, one is afforded a rare feeling of peace and tranquility.

I guess the most redeeming factors of “Sunset Bay” was the nostalgic feelings which it brought back to me from my younger years as I myself would sit silently on the sandy beach listening to the sea gulls overhead and observing the sun slowly departing for the day. For those who would like to see some additional work from the gallery you can visit their website on the internet (Boyd-Heron, n.d.). I have all intentions of returning to the gallery at some future date to view additional works found there such as that offered by Tara Funk Grime and Frank Schoonover.

Barossa Valley Arts and Galleries

The number of art galleries around Barossa Valley could convey that the people of the region value arts as much as they value the tradition of winery and food. The works displayed in galleries represent the history, tradition and culture of Barossa Valley. One can assert that nationalism is the usual concept of arts.

Barossa Regional Gallery in Basedow Road is the most established gallery in the region.. Apart from memorial gallery of Tanunda soldiers and Hill & Son Grand Organ, the building also houses the historic and contemporary paintings, arts and sculptures of local artists. It proudly displays the exceptional collections of art produced every biennial celebration of Barossa Valley Vintage Festival. The festival hosts art competitions inviting native artists to create entries themed on Barrosa valley attractions such as landscape paintings. The winning entries that are displayed include the works of David Dallwitz, Rod Schubert, Pamela Kowenhaven, Ronald Bell, Inmants Tillers, Kathleen Pettyarre, Alfred Engel, and Dianne Longley. Aside from paper paintings, the area also displays the finest gallery of wall hanging. The “The Barossa Wall Hanging” perfectly hangs in its wall. The wall hanging is well-known for it was completed for four years by thirty women of Barossa.

Aspiring artists are one of the few people who are behind the success of contemporary arts in Barossa Valley. They established their own galleries to further publicise the magnificence of the region through arts and crafts. In Tanunda, one will find Mc Crae Gallery. The gallery was built in 1991 to provide a home to the masterpieces of Darren Mc Crae. The artist is well-known for its unique impressionist arts featuring landscape, region’s fauna and flora and national sports as shown in his contemporary sculpture and abstract painting. Another gallery can be found in the town of Lyndoch named as Spinifex Art and Crafts. It provides a wide range of regionally produced arts and crafts. It features works that include embroidery, paintings, ceramics and quilts.. Nearby, one will find Peter Franz Fine Art Gallery. Peter Franz, a famous photographer, gave birth to Peter Franz Fine Art Gallery in 2008. The 90-square-meter gallery stores the photographs of the founder and the arts made by the residents. The featured arts are paintings, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, artful textile, glassworks, and jewelry. The gallery also hosts events featuring arts of local artists.

Locals of Barossa Valley merge food and art as portrayed in some restaurants. Tanunda’s Old Mill Gallery is a gallery at the same time a restaurant. It’s an excellent place to visit if one craves for food at the same time desires to commune with Barrosa Valley attractions through paintings, drawings and crafts. The place displays the paintings, drawings, and crafts of locals and visiting artists. The works of arts are perfectly framed. Crafts exhibited are designed from Barossa native materials such wood wares that are crafted from old wine barrels. The displayed arts and crafts are available for purchase. Other restaurants also feature the works of famous artists such as Rod Schubert is being featured in Peter Lehman Wines Cellar Doors. In Gomersal Wines, one will find the art of George Aldridge.

Arts of the region try to publicise Barossa Valley attraction, tradition and culture. The arts are not just letting visitors appreciate their Barossa Valley accommodation in a present day environment but letting themo experience the old Barossa Valley through displayed arts.