Canmore Art Galleries
Canmore and the Bow Valley is renowned for the number of art and photographic galleries. Many of Canmore’s art galleries are just a few minutes walk from Canmore Crossing and your condo on the Main Street. Even if the weather isn’t living up to your expectations there is plenty to smile about in Canmore’s galleries.
The Ammonite Factory
1350 Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P6
Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat: 10 am – 7 pm
Sun: 12 pm – 5 pm
Ok gentleman, take a deep breath before entering this store! This fascinating artisan jewellery store has a vast collection of ammonite products to fit every pocket. This is a rare stone found locally and is hand crafted in Canmore. You may decide that you would like to take a tour and learn a lot more about the facts behind the glamour. The store is located just on the other side of the Safeway car park and for those of you who are staying in unit 406 you can see the gallery from your window.
Marilyn Kinsella Studio
1302 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 1N6
Mon-Sat: 10.30 am – 5 pm
Sun: 10.30 pm – 5 pm
Marilyn Kinsella (AFCA) paints out of her studio in Canmore, Alberta. Working primarily in watercolour, she also paints in acrylics, oils and makes silk-screen prints. Surrounded by the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Marilyn strives to capture their beauty and magnificence in her own unique style. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Marilyn was inspired by her artist mother to pursue a similar career. Artistic studies led her to her first career in commercial art, and in the busy child rearing years she painted mainly in oils.
Elevation Gallery is the inspiration of designer/goldsmith Cheryl Baxter. Elevation Gallery boasts not only a brilliant collection of fine art by emerging and mid-career artists, but also an eclectic grouping of fine jewellery by award winning goldsmiths. With 15 years’ experience representing some of Western Canada’s finest modern artists, Elevation Gallery has recently added a second floor gallery and events venue “Hive” by Elevation (www.hivebyelevation.ca) — available to host private events, pop up gallery opportunities for non-represented artists, and as a community venue for creative venture and performance.
Sunny Raven Gallery
Originally a graduate from a fine arts programme in Montreal, Meg Nicks had been looking for an opportunity to work in a field connected with the visual arts. When a framing business came up for sale in 1983, it seemed like a natural fit. A background in colour and design is fundamental to picture framing. While running a business takes a lot of time, she continues making art. Nature is her source of inspiration, expressed through drawing, painting, collage and photography.
Paul Goutiere’s love for cameras got him started as a newspaper photographer. He went on to spend many years in audio-visual technology and industrial electronics. He joined Meg in the framing business in the nineties. Paul’s wonderful ability to problem-solve has been a great asset as he designs object mounts and shadow boxes in addition to building picture frames of all sorts. He continues to pursue his interest in film photography, using medium format cameras.
The Edge Gallery
The Edge Gallery and Custom Picture Framing Shop was created in 2008 by David and Kathy Foxcroft. Owning and managing a Frame Shop (FrameCo Custom Picture Framing) in Calgary for 20 years, they were inspired by the uniqueness of the Live/Work studios in the Spring Creek Mountain Village in the heart of Canmore. David is also a practicing visual artist, and his contemporary collage works are on display from time to time in the gallery.