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.
The Grove Art Gallery
The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley’s “The Grove” gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists through rotating exhibitions.
Private Art Galleries
Blue Fish Gallery
First Nations Art & Culture
Ahtsik Native Art Gallery & Gordon Dick Studio
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.
Alberni Valley Museum
Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture at Victoria Quay
Public Art Installations
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.
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.