A Thriving Arts Community

Life-size Nuu-chah-nulth whaling canoe sculpture | via Wikimedia Commons

The Alberni Valley has long been known for its natural beauty and picturesque scenery but many don’t know that it also harbours a thriving arts community. Port Alberni is indeed home to a diverse array of artistic talents, from public and private galleries showcasing local talent to a rich indigenous art scene that reflects the town’s cultural heritage. Let’s take a closer look at this vibrant arts scene that adds depth and creativity to our beautiful valley.

Art Galleries

The Grove Art Gallery

Group – Women’s Work | Source: The Grove

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley’s “The Grove” gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists through rotating exhibitions.

Location: #7-5440 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1T7 (map)
Contact: (250) 724-3412 | Facebook | Instagram

Private Art Galleries

Blue Fish Gallery

Location: 2907 2nd Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1Z3 (map)
Website: bluefishgallery.info
Contact: (778) 419-3474 | Facebook | Instagram

DRAW Gallery

Location: 4529 Melrose St, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1K7 (map)
Website: drawgallery.com
Contact: 1-855-755-0566 | Facebook

First Nations Art & Culture

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery & Gordon Dick Studio

See how the works of Gordon Dick Studio express both the Nuu-chah-nulth style and the artist's personal perspective.

Gordon Dick demonstrates wood carving techniques to guests at his Ahtsik Gallery.

Gordon Dick demonstrates wood carving techniques to guests at his Ahtsik Gallery.

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery and Gordon Dick Studio offers a glimpse into the rich indigenous culture of the Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. The gallery, run by renowned artist Gordon Dick, features a stunning collection of indigenous artwork, from intricately carved totem poles to exquisite masks and jewelry.

Location: 7133A Pacific Rim Hwy, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8Y4 (map)
Contact: (250) 723-3425 | Facebook | Instagram

Alberni Valley Museum

Location: 4255 Wallace St, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3Y6 (map)
Website: playinpa.ca
Contact: (250) 720-2863 | Facebook

Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture at Victoria Quay

Location: 4580-4586 Victoria Quay, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6G3 (map)
Website: portalberni.ca

Public Art Installations

The Tseshaht First Nation mural at Harbour Quay beautifully depicts the rich cultural heritage and history of the Tseshaht people, serving as an inspiring symbol of their traditions and community.

Port Alberni’s streets are peppered with public art installations and murals that add colour and character to the town. Keep your eyes open as you explore, and you’ll stumble upon unexpected artistic gems that express the community’s spirit and history.

Mural on the exterior wall at All Mex'd Up in Port Alberni

Mural on the exterior wall at All Mex’d Up in Port Alberni

The arts are a fundamental element of our community’s identity and culture. So while you may be visiting to see the region’s natural beauty (and we wouldn’t blame you), take a moment to enjoy and learn about some of its artistic treasures. From galleries that inspire the imagination to the long-standing influence of our Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation’s heritage, Port Alberni’s arts scene stands as a true testament to the town’s courageous creativity.