Here in Penticton, we may be small in size, but our appreciation of art is mighty. Downtown Penticton is home to numerous galleries to explore, many of which have recently reopened their doors.

Explore the works of local artists. Learn about the arts community. Be inspired. Introduce your kids to a new passion.

These galleries have introduced a variety of new safety measures, including limiting occupancy limits. Watch for on-site signage at each.

And now, let’s tour.

Penticton Art Gallery

Penticton Art Gallery currently features the Bob Ross: Happy Little Accidents exhibition. The gallery is the first in Canada to show 32 of Ross’s original paintings, making in the largest exhibit of his work in the world.

Other exhibitions to look out for this summer include Speed: The History of Speed Painting in Canada and En Game Air, running to Sept. 13.

Penticton Art Gallery is open seven days a week throughout summer. 199 Marina Way.

The Lloyd Gallery

The Lloyd Gallery represents more than 40 Canadian artists. Their philosophy is to make art accessible to everyone. Visit them Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5:30pm. 18 Front Street.

The Long Gallery + Studios

This contemporary art gallery features works from local artists as well as select B.C. artists and is home to multiple full-time artist studios. Their exhibition schedule presents rotating shows throughout the year, including the owners’ work and that of all represented artists.

Visit their website to find out more. The gallery is currently open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, Fridays (10am to 3pm) and Saturdays (10am to 4pm). 374 Main Street.

Matheson & Grove Fine Art Gallery

This 6,000-square-foot gallery on Martin Street showcases local artists. It has reopened with reduced hours at this time: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 4pm and Tuesday and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm (closed Wednesdays and Sundays). Studios and art wall rental are also available.

Please call 250-488-4999 to request other times. Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more about the artists, latest displays and upcoming art classes.

Tumbleweed Gallery

This artist-run gallery features unusual and inspiring works of art from local artists. The Main Street gallery also offers framing services and advice. They’re now open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays. Visit their website for further details.

Art Up Studios

This shared studio and creative space on Ellis Street features a community of artists “living their dream making art,” according to their Facebook page. It’s about “collaborating, inspiring, working independently, yet contributing to a sense of community.”

So, if you haven’t visited lately, here’s your chance to check out some beautiful art and maybe pick up a one-of-a-kind gift. Visit their Facebook page for more details.  Also, if you’re an artist looking for space to create, contact them for details.

Cormier’s Studio

This home gallery on Vancouver Avenue features the art of Lawrence Cormier & Kena Cumming Cormier. Lawrence sculpts steel and Kena paints bright, whimsical “out of the box” wall art. They both create fun, colourful fused glass sculptures for the home, office or garden. 

The gallery and garden are open most days from 12pm to 5pm. Visit their website for further details.

Picture This!

Browse the gallery for original art on display by local artists. If you are a bird enthusiast, July 10 marks the start of a special show titled ‘When the Pie was Opened,’ a group of playful compositions celebrating our feathered friends.

In addition to the gallery, this business has a full workshop for your picture framing needs.

Drop by Tuesdays to Fridays (10am to 5pm) and Saturdays from (10am to 1 pm). Find out more on their Facebook page.

Saint-Germain Café Gallery

Saint-Germain Café and Gallery offers a welcoming mix of fabulous coffee and contemporary fine art. Drop by this funky Main Street spot for an organic coffee or tea, and maybe a bite to eat, and enjoy the art displays from established, emerging and amateur Canadian artists. They’re open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Rasha Tattoo & Gallery

Rasha has been tattooing for almost 20 years, with his latest works on display in the gallery on site of his tattoo studio. He also specializes in custom designs on canvas, wood, painting, wall murals, glass etching and wood engraving. Visit the shop and gallery on Main Street (open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm). Find out more on their website and Facebook page.

The Bench Market

Pop in to the Bench Market on Vancouver Hill for a coffee and a bite to eat, perhaps pre- or post-KVR walk or ride. The walls display the works of local artists. They’re open every day from 7am to 4pm including holidays. 

Morticia Bloom

In addition to plants, this Main Street shop offers unique gift ideas including artisan décor and jewelry, and carries work by B.C. artists. Visit their Facebook page for details. They are currently open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Gallery One Twenty-Seven

Enjoy the art of Peggie Collins, including originals, prints and gift items. Many images reflect her journey across Canada in 2018, including bright and colourful scenes featuring the Okanagan and B.C. This Elm Street gallery is currently open Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). 

Coming soon: Online guide to galleries

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is working on an online guide to galleries, art groups and artists, available soon on their website. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you have one to add to this list? Tell us about it! Email economicdevelopment@penticton.ca.

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