The artwork, sculpture, and crafts produced in the area are evident everywhere, in a number of public art galleries, in public buildings and local parks, and in the many artists' studios that can be found dotted around the countryside. Watch for blue 'Artisan' signs to indicate a studio open to the public, or better yet, check in at the Visitor InfoCentres for a current list and directions.
No matter where you go on Vancouver Island you can give your vacation an artistic perspective by checking out the offerings of the region's vibrant arts community. In galleries, artisan studios, theatres, and performance halls throughout the region, you can get a first-hand look at work by the creative minds that have given British Columbia its reputation as a haven for artists.
The Old School House Arts Centre, the artistic focal point for the area, is located in the heart of the picturesque community of Qualicum Beach just a 15 minute drive from the Oceanside Vacation Home. It is a heritage building that is home to 3 galleries featuring monthly exhibtions by B.C. Artists. The Gift Shop showcases over 100 Vancouver Island Craftspeople and paintings by top Local Artists.
Craft fairs and art shows take place frequently on Vancouver Island are an exciting way to see a marvelous variety of work and to meet the artists themselves. Performing arts play a large role in Vancouver Island. Community stages, both indoors and out, offer a wonderful choice of drama, dance, and music all year-round.