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“ONE OF BEST ART CENTRES ON THE ISLAND”

The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We often make it a point to visit local art galleries wherever we travel and although we have been to Qualicum Beach numerous times, this was out first visit to this gallery.

The building itself is a century old school house that has been meticulously restored and houses works by some of the top artists on Vancouver Island and it should be noted that some of the artists are present in the gallery at times and happy to discuss their work with individuals. It is easy to spend a the better part of a morning or afternoon looking through the gallery.

Admission is by donation and a must see for art lovers.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I come here often. The exhibits are changed very 6 weeks or so. Many different types of art. A gift shop and artist's studios are in the bottom floor. There is live music on sun. Afternoons. It was one of the original schools in the area that has been restored. Warm, friendly, a central part of our town!

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Lots of art by different artists. Lots of crafts by local artisans. A definite stop if you come to Qualicum Beach.

Thank RobinsFolly
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This Heritage school house has been transformed into a Art gallery and there is a group of Artists that do there work there, who you can be approached and they will answer your questions. Musical performances are also done there throughout the year. There's a gift store of something for almost everyone.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

My husband and I can easily spend two hours here exploring the art and talking to the people who work here.

The Arts Centre provides gallery space on the main level (there are usually one or two major shows in progress). The gallery isn't huge but what's on offer is diverse. On the lower level, there are resident artist studios--everything from watercolours, acrylics, oils, silversmithing, photography to pottery. Several artists may share one studio and typically one artist is on hand to discuss his or her work. We have been to the Schoolhouse at least four times (over the course of many years) and each time have been amazed by the talent represented. One of our favourite things to do is talk to the artists to learn of their inspiration and creative process. What a special privilege. And because they live in the area, they are goldmines of information about special places to visit. Joan Larson, famed for her horse portrayals (RCMP Musical Ride and Sable Island horses) may even be in residence when you drop by. Famous or not, everyone has a special story to share.

There is a gift shop on site that offers a wide range of works, including those from non-resident artists (carvings, jewelry, glassworks). Prices range from a few dollars to thousands.

As a visitor to the area you can learn so much about the people who work, play and create here. And the Centre is housed in a beautifully restored schoolhouse. Concerts are also offered but we've not been fortunate to be here at the right time.

Thank luvveggies
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