Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Since 1996, visitors and collectors alike have appreciated the curated artworks of Canada's Indigenous First Nations and Inuit people. Affordable prints share an inviting space with one-of-a-kind sculptures and fine art.
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Neighbourhood: Gastown
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
How to get there
  • Waterfront • 4 min walk
  • Granville • 6 min walk
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Iambic
Vancouver, WA468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The gallery has a wide range of beautiful and interesting works by indigenous artists. Most works are modern, but there is a small selection of vintage and antique basketry. Works ran the gamut from ceramics to jewelry to sculpture. The prices put works outside of our budget, but if you a collector or just interested in looking, the gallery is well worth a stop while in Gastown.

(A tip: Don't go toward opening or closing times. We stopped by one day before the scheduled closing time and found the gallery closed. We came back at the scheduled opening time, but had to wait for the staff to arrive and invite us in.)
Written August 19, 2023
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MD_Uniqueid
Maryland616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
There are actually two locations for this Gallery; one is in Yaletown and one is in Gastown at 312 Water Street. This review is for the Gastown location.

My husband and I visited this gallery on a recent trip to Vancouver. It is very conveniently located in Gastown, near the waterfront. The gallery features contemporary art "identifying the distinct styles and diverse nations inhabiting both the communities of the Northwest coast and Arctic regions of Canada." The museum quality art in the gallery is exquisite, featuring beautiful jewelry, masks, totem poles, baskets, glassworks, sculptures, etc. My husband and I have visited many native art galleries and this one is the finest by far. While many of the works sell for thousands of dollars, there are lower priced options as well and you are free to browse as long as you like, with no pressure to buy. We were helped by Dorothy Washbern, who was very friendly and informative, explaining the meaning of the various art works.

My husband and I ended up purchasing an incredible mask made by Daniel Cranmer, a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, which we look forward to receiving. The gallery ships worldwide and purchases are tax exempt when shipping outside of Canada.

If you are a serious collector or just interested in looking at some fantastic examples of First Nations Art, stop by the Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery during your visit to Vancouver.
Written July 27, 2012
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jhsheep
Cowichan Valley, B.C.254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
They'll probably kill me for saying this but it's like a free visit to a high-end art gallery. Here the art is aboriginal (primarily coastal) and Inuit. While there are many places flogging all sorts of First Nations stuff (some poorly crafted, some machine-made, some foreign-made!) this is the real thing. It is "art" in that it is not intended to be a sacred relic - it's art. But boy is it impressive and some of it is accordingly very pricey. The staff know their stuff and know their artists and they're pretty good with their historical references. The store is welcoming enough but doesn't make you feel like you must only whisper, bare-headed. If you're visiting and want to see high-end traditional (some with modern twists) First Nations art, this is one of the best, most accessible locations in the world. And if you want to purchase such an item, they have a very wide selection of original pieces ranging from small silver and gold jewelry up to masks, bentwood boxes and ceremonial poles. They have a good website to give you a taste of what's available at any one time.
Written May 8, 2016
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Wonkyknees
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
Located in Gastown, this is a fine art gallery, not a souvenir shop. If you appreciate First Nations artwork you'll find an excellent selection in this gallery, ranging in price from modest to very expensive. They carry work by many artists, in a range of media. Take some time away from the bustle of Gastown to enjoy this little gem.
Written September 29, 2015
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Richard J
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This is a wonderful cultural vista of Vancouver and some if the history told via artists and sculptors that are exceptional. Prices are not cheap but then what you buy is priceless in many ways.
Written July 27, 2015
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The W
New Paltz, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Couples
This was the first gallery I, a 48-year-old woman, have ever been to where I remarked, "I would be proud to own almost everything in this gallery."

Specializing in contemporary First Nations art, this gallery represents some of the most outstanding traditional and non-traditional artwork crafted by First Nation artists of recent generations. It is real, authentic, evocative, and a visual feast: masks, boxes, medallions, poles, sculptures......These are museum-worthy pieces that have been created within the context of First Nations culture--not dumbed-down craftwork for deal-seeking, supposedly ignorant tourists.

In addition to high-end work, there are a few pieces that are affordable for those on smaller budgets. We purchased a silver ring engraved with an eagle motif crafted by a Vancouver-based Haida artist for under $100.00.

The woman who staffed the gallery was extremely knowledgeable (she had previously worked at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology), unpretentious, and delightful.

It was a culturally and visually enlightening experience.
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Written October 29, 2012
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
There are a lot of art galleries in Vancouver. There are a lot of GOOD art galleries in Vancouver. But, there are very few like this one, which specializes in local's woodwork, stone sculpture, and other media. The photos help show the quality and selection that is difficult to put into words. Tourists who are interested in local culture should definitely look here; in the western part of Gastown, a short walk from the Cruise Ship Centre.
Written January 17, 2019
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LeslieOSeattle
Seattle109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
If you go to Gastown you were likely to run into lots of tourists. You can also find native art but it is often overpriced and it is not it is not always clear how authentic it is or if the artist receives much. The knowledge at this gallery is on a whole different level and some of the other stores I popped into. The sales person knew the different artists and their different styles. She was patient when I was having trouble finding the jewelry I wanted. And she explained the different components that made it more or less refined as an artistic piece. Great visit. Great ring. And I would definitely come back.
Written May 27, 2018
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Nerdian
Minneapolis, MN93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Lovely gallery of well displayed, varied media First Nation. The staff was knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.
Written September 16, 2017
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Camden J
Montana31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
One of the Best First Peoples Art Galleries Ever! Great sculptures and jewelry. A very friendly staff who answered our questions and made us feel most welcome.
Written May 29, 2017
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