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Connect with local artists and immerse yourself in the multicultural history that helps to influence the region’s art scene. Heritage and art often go hand in hand and much of the region’s art is a reflection of elements of the past with an entrepreneurial and innovative twist. The art here, uses many different forms of media including glass, ceramic, wood, shells, soapstone, plaster, and traditional metals such as copper.

Some artists practice the crafts of their cultural heritage, such as jewelry making, while others are using their talents and imaginations to explore new avenues. From masks and pottery to custom guitars, there is something for every person to connect with. Campbell River embraces its art community and proudly displays both purchased and donated artwork for culture seeking visitors to explore and appreciate.

Chris Istace shares his experience about culture and artistic impressions in Campbell River here;

” Wiwek̓a̱m is the name given to the city by the Kwakwaka’wakw first nations people whom’s territory is where the now commonly referred to Campbell River sits. When you first visit the region you will immediately notice the connection of the two worlds coming together and the tribute to the original people of the area.

One of the greatest treasures of Vancouver Island may very well be the wild places. That being said, the Coastal First Nations peoples is the rich spiritual culture upon who’s unceded lands we call home. We had the chance to visit the Carving Shack in Campbell River owned by Bill Henderson of the Weiwaikum Tribe.

Bill is the son of Late Chief Sam Henderson , a great man that escaped the cultural pressure of early Canadian Culture to become a protector and preserver of their heritage. Now his son Bill carries on that legacy alongside his family of carvers including his cousin Greg who gave us a tour of their carving workshop.

The Henderson’s carve with traditional hand made tools in the methods passed down from family member to family member. The masks, totems, paddles and more that they create speak to the strong connection to the land, water and animals we share this region with.

I had the opportunity to learn more about the history of the region recently as well as explore and experience the sights and sounds over a period of 4 days. Elated and feeling truly fortunate to be immersed into such a special place. “

Henderson Carving Shed

Henderson Carving Shed

Henderson Carving Shed
Museum at Campbell River

Museum at Campbell River

470 Island Highway, Campbell River
Campbell River
250.287.3103
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Haig-Brown Heritage House

Haig-Brown Heritage House

2250 Campbell River Road, Campbell River
Campbell River
250.286.6646
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Awatin Aboriginal Art

Awatin Aboriginal Art

#104 - 909 Island Highway
Campbell River
250.914.4452
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Maritime Heritage Centre

Maritime Heritage Centre

621 Island Highway, Campbell River
Campbell River
250.286.3161
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Tidemark Theatre

Tidemark Theatre

1220 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC V9W2C8
Campbell River
250-287-7465
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Campbell River Arts Council

Campbell River Arts Council

Campbell River
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The Campbell River Community Arts Council (CRCAC) is a registered society and a registered charity that works behind the scenes to enhance the cultural life of the community They partner with many community organizations, liaise with service groups and various levels of government, and are the umbrella group for many local arts and culture organizations, such as the Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River and District Museum, Tidemark Theatre and more.

Campbell River Art Gallery

Campbell River Art Gallery

Campbell River
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The Campbell River Art Gallery is located in the Centennial Building downtown right beside the Visitor Center in Tyee Plaza. There are two exhibition halls, a studio and a gift shop. Admission is by donation. The exhibits change every four to six weeks year round. They offer over 60 workshops, classes and artist talks for both adults and children.

Tidemark Theatre

Tidemark Theatre

1220 Shoppers Row
Campbell River
250.287.PINK
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The Tidemark Theatre is living history and must see attraction. Built in 1946 in the art deco style, this recently renovated, 435 seat performing arts theatre is one the most prominent buildings downtown as depicted by its bright pink exterior.

The Tidemark Theatre has been operating as a roadhouse and presenter since 1987, and is one of seven heritage sites identified by the City of Campbell River proposed to receive heritage designation. Experience culture and living history through the diverse presentations of performing arts, visual arts, media arts, as well as preservation and exhibition of heritage through the revitalization of the Tidemark Theatre.

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Quadra Island
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Visit the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre on Quadra Island and immerse yourself in the traditions and values of local First Nations groups, marvel over the dignified totem poles, search for Petroglyphs, and appreciate the artwork on display throughout the communities. First Nations peoples have lived in this area for at least 8,000 years. The abundant forests and waterways amply provided sources of food, clothing and shelter. In villages conThe Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre located on Quadra Island holds the collection of original Kwakwaka’wakw artifacts and forms one of the finest exhibits on the North West Coast. The Gift Gallery offers a fine selection of Artwork, prints and carvings of many talented local artists, as well as books, cards, jewellery and clothing. The Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 9-5 pm May 1 to Sept 30. Please call for winter hours. Admission is $15 for Adults, $5 for children under 12 and $10 for seniors. Children under the age of 5 are free. Family admission: $30.