The 5 best places to buy first nations art and jewellery in Vancouver
1) Hill's Native Art
This impressive 4000-square-foot (372-square-metre) Mount Pleasant gallery is home to one of the largest collections of Northwest Coast Native Art. Featuring over 1200 Native artists and representing every Nation of the Northwest Coast, you’ll find everything here from totem poles to rattles and drums.
2) Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery
Perhaps Vancouver’s most famous destination for First Nations art, the Coastal Peoples Gallery showcases museum quality artwork. The pieces are handcrafted by emerging and established aboriginal artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast. New exhibits open every year featuring a wide selection of pieces including masks, glasswork and their specialty, custom wedding bands.
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3) Fazakas Gallery
Located in East Van, this commercial gallery and exhibition space features a diverse offering of contemporary Northwest Coast indigenous art. Director LaTiesha Fazakas honed her skills as a curator while simultaneously working as an art dealer and completing her Art History degree at UBC. The gallery is bright and ever-changing.
4) Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Established in 1979, this Gastown gallery includes not only Northwest Coast artwork but also Inuit. Featuring high-quality works from senior and up-and-coming artists, the collection includes a wide variety of pieces but has a particularly good selection of sculptures and graphics.
After spending much of their adult lives travelling B.C. and establishing strong relationships with indigenous artists, husband-and-wife Leona and David Lattimer opened their gallery in 1986. The space is warm and inviting, inspired by the Northwest Longhouse, and includes an impressive display of jewellery, carvings, sculptures, totem poles and much more.
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