Explore Squamish - September 06, 2018

An Inside Glimpse at the Arts Scene in Squamish

Photo: Andy Anissimoff_Art

An Inside Glimpse at the Arts Scene in Squamish 

It's no wonder that surrounded by so much nature the art scene in Squamish echoes the natural beauty. 

Inspired by mountains, glaciers, the waters of Howe Sound and so much more, Squamish art has a particular Sea to Sky aesthetic. As we transition into fall, now is an excellent time to immerse yourself in the Squamish arts scene.

Brackendale Art Gallery

 

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Dripping with charm, the Brackendale Art Gallery (BAG for short) is a hub for the arts, music, eagles and much more in Brackendale. The building itself consists of a wall of concrete faces, a life-sized frolicking unicorn and an eagle tower built in a fantastic pattern of wood beams and triangular windows. On weekends the gallery opens it's doors for visitors to roam through the ever-changing art pieces and sculptures. The licensed Gallery Teahouse menu includes homemade soups and bread, Danish pastries, filled croissants, teas and espresso.

Murals 

You can spend an entire day in Squamish touring the murals and street art and still have more to come back to on your next visit. Here is a list of some of our favourite public art pieces around town. 

  • Cleveland and Victoria: Rainbow crosswalks: located between Squamish Integrated Health and Copper Coil Still & Grill
  • Cleveland and Main: Eye of the Creator mural
  • Sea to Sky Art House: New Jessica Gilbert Mural
  • Lucas Teas: Street Butterfly from artist Mary Mary
  • Second and Winnipeg: Train, Stawamus Chief and Bear murals 
  • Squamish Youth Centre: "Good Vibes This Way" Mural by a Squamish Arts Council youth program
  • Squamish Municipal Campground: Made by a Squamish Arts Council youth mural camp with Ciarra Douglas
  • Clarke and Guildford: Made by a Squamish Arts Council youth mural camp
  • Beside Corsa Cycles: Funky Flamingo Mural from the Squanderer Mural Festival 
  • U Siyam Pavilion: Public art made by local youth

September Arts Events

Squamish ArtWalk | Throughout September

Squamish ArtWalk is a celebration of visual art and artists in Squamish during the whole month of September! Almost 20 businesses are participating in ArtWalk and local studios and galleries will be bursting with artworks of over 30 local artists throughout Squamish and Britannia Beach. Spend a pleasurable afternoon or evening strolling around downtown Squamish or take a bike tour around studios. Come to see local art and collect stickers for your chance to win free artwork from one of the participating artists! Cultural explorers are invited to see art-making in action at the Opening Ceremony reception on September 11, 6 pm to 8 pm at Squamish Foyer Gallery.

Britannia Mine Copper & Fire Arts Event | September 15

Check out Mother Earth's artistic side at Britannia Mine Museum's annual Copper and  Fire art event. The event celebrates artists from all over BC that use mined materials "of the earth" including metalworkers, painters, jewellers and sculptors. Join in on the fun from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 15 to celebrate the arts and observe talented artists showcase and demonstrate their craft.  Special event pricing is 50% off general admission to the Copper & Fire Arts Event. Event pricing does not include the underground tour. Tours are still available with regular admission price.

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