This lovely B & B set at the base of Giant's Head makes it (relatively) easy to get up to the best view in the Valley! Ming is a wealth of information about other activities too, including the local art and food scene. Check out their website!
One of my favourite outlets, for my art and for other talented artists from the Island. They have a constantly changing array of 2D and 3D art, as well as beautiful and useful handmade items like pottery, jewellry. Always stunningly displayed and the Comox Valley Art Gallery is in the same building (a re-conditioned firehall) with interesting shows as well. Check it out next time you are in downtown Courtenay!
Deb's whimsical animal designs were recommended to me by a mutual friend and then at an art show in 2009 she was the next tent to mine! Of course I had to go and introduce myself and took a class on silkwork with her that was VERY seductive. It resulted in the creation of "Reaching for A Star".
I've got some cards in the gift shop, but more importantly there are lots of well-curated exhibitions at this gallery which packs a big punch for a smaller local town. As well, they've offered me the use of Toni Onley's old press, any time I want! (Toni Onley was an iconic Canadian watercolourist who work and life I love still. He had some history in the Penticton area and his estate donated his old press to the gallery).
I've been very impressed by the number of arts events (including music and drama, along with visual arts) that are available to the residents of this Okanagan area--a lot of them are based around or promoted by this organization, based in the old Penticton High School. Several years ago local patrons of the arts provided the impetus and gathered the funding to renovate the old building. The Centre itself has a great e-letter which comes out EVERY WEEK! Subscribe if you want to feel the vibrance generated in this community.
Summerland is full of artists and the city is very supportive of the arts in general. The Art Gallery is located in the old city hall in the downtown core. Some of my cards, calendars and paintings are carried here in the gift shop--check them out, especially if my studio isn't open! You can also find out more about the numerous arts events going on in the community on this website.
Tracey is an artist friend of mine with big sparkly eyes. She teaches portrait & drawing classes and also does commissions--custom fine art charcoal and graphite, oil or watercolor portraits hand drawn from a photo of your friends, family or pet. Affordable keepsakes for baby shower, wedding, anniversary or birthday gifts. Acrylic portraits also available.