Artists    |    Gallery     |    News & Events

“My wife and I very much enjoyed visiting your wonderful gallery. Visiting you was part of a perfect vacation day, and our 41st wedding anniversary! Thank you and good luck with your economic recovery. We will keep our fingers crossed, because you are one of the places we always look forward to visiting when we come to Victoria and Oak Bay particularly. I’ll tell all my friends to visit you when they’re over on Vancouver Island! For us, The Avenue Gallery is one of the most exciting and best curated galleries in BC, and a ‘must visit’ location for visitors to Victoria. Every high street should have one!”

 

– JIM LEGGOTT
VANCOUVER, BC

“Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with Philip’s painting. It has transformed my living room with its warm, calming and grounding colours and effect — and such depth. It’s mesmerizing and has become the focus of the room.

When I realized where I wanted to hang Temple Mount, I spent the day moving around other pieces to clear wall space for it. And as a result, Kimberly Kiel’s is now in a far better spot, as are several others.

I am forever grateful and incredibly honoured to have his fantastic piece of art. Thank you and please thank Philip again.”  

 

– DIANA K.
TESTIMONIAL

June 12, 2019: “I have been living with William Liao’s exquisite painting, Mountain #1, for a few days now and feel compelled to tell you how much I love it.  Actually, I loved it as soon as I saw the image Heather emailed. However, having it here with me is more than being able to look at something pretty from time to time.  It is both an intellectual and emotional experience.  I pass by several times a day and each time I view the painting I see something new – and this causes me to have new thoughts and feelings.   Truly, it touches my mind and  heart.   The colour, depth, and contained energy continue to amaze me. Clearly, William is an exceptional artist and I feel so fortunate to have one of his fine works. Please pass along my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

Also, thank you, Heather for helping me. I  adore this painting and am excited about the next one.  No rush – there is much joy in anticipation.”

 

August 20, 2019: “Heather delivered Eunmi Conacher’s Sooke April acrylic painting a few days ago. Immediately, I loved it. The painting is energetic and bold, but also conveys an emotional depth. When I pass the piece, I stop, look, and lose myself in it. Definitely, Eunmi is a skilled artist. I feel that she uses her skill and talent to express her sensitive soul. I love how she sees the world. Please pass along my deepest appreciation and thanks. Also- thanks Heather and the beautiful gallerinas for all that you do.

 

– LLOY FALCONER
TESTIMONIAL

“I feel honoured and privileged to be represented by The Avenue Gallery. Over the last number of years I have experienced first hand Heather and her team’s commitment to providing respectful, educated and professional expertise to their artists and clients. Thank you!”

 

– SUSIE CIPOLLA, SFCA
GALLERY ARTIST

“I have had the pleasure to know Heather for many years now. She is without a doubt, one of the most knowledgeable and kind gallery owners in the city. The Avenue Gallery has been a great source for many clients, and as I always say, ‘a home isn’t finished if you don’t have a real piece of art in it’. The diversity of art in their catalogue is amazing; you can always find a piece to fit your personal style. One of the advantages of The Avenue is their shipping services as they truly have tailored their services to clients from out of town.”

– IVAN MEADE
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, MEADE DESIGN GROUP INC.

 “I am very grateful to The Avenue Gallery for representing my work in Victoria. Heather and her wonderful staff have so much joy for the new pieces, which will surely inspire many visitors. I feel honoured to be part of this professional team of art lovers.

– BAYOT HEER
GALLERY ARTIST

I feel privileged to display my art in The Avenue Gallery in Victoria. The staff are friendly and professional, and I have always received a sincere welcome for my new pieces that I bring to the gallery.

– PAVEL BARTA
GALLERY ARTIST

“It is a joy for an artist to work with a gallery that is thoroughly professional in all their dealings. They have a true appreciation and love of art, and it shows in how they deal with artists and clients alike.  I look forward to a long and happy association with The Avenue Gallery!”

 

– GAYE ADAMS,  SFCA
GALLERY ARTIST

 “The self-described “gallerinas” at The Avenue Gallery, Heather, Catherine, Kathleen, Barb, Carol-Ann and Claire have been a pleasure to work with.  Their untiring encouragement, incisive reviews and suggestions, and finely managed promotional abilities reassure me that I can focus on my work while they look after what they do best, showing my work to best advantage, to the right customers.”

– DEREK KASPER
GALLERY ARTIST

 “I love hearing about customers stories, feedback, where they come from. Communication with everyone at the gallery has been flawless over the years which is so crucial to establish a trusting and successful relationship between the artist and the Gallery.”

– ANDREA ROBERTS
GALLERY ARTIST

We have been represented by The Avenue Gallery in Victoria now for the past nine years. The staff there have been lovely with us over that time and have always treated us professionally and with respect. We are happy to have our work shown with so many talented artists from BC and beyond. We look forward to growing our relationship with them and are excited to share our newest work with their clients.”

 

– NEIL PRAKASH & HIROKO KOBAYASHI, HK+NP STUDIO
GALLERY ARTISTS

“I received the parcel today, thank you for expediting it. The bracelet exceeded my expectations – it is beautiful! Thanks also for the thoughtful gift wrapping which allowed me to extricate the bracelet to see it first hand, then put it back together basically untouched. What an extraordinary, client-centred gallery /  business you have.”

 

– BRUCE A.

As a new artist to the gallery I am truly honoured to be represented in such a beautiful location, alongside such a talented group of artists. It is a pleasure to be building a relationship with such a friendly, hardworking and diligent staff.  I have especially appreciated the kind support of the gallery and look forward to growing as an artist, enjoying many more years to come with The Avenue Gallery.

– RACHELLE BRADY
GALLERY ARTIST 

“Your website is better than any I have ever seen. I feel I know your artists personally. Know this is from the heart and from someone who knows that a life without art and culture is not a life at all.”

 

– TANIS HALL
HAMILTON, ONTARIO

Thank you The Avenue Gallery for your support and appreciation for my work. This wonderful group of ladies have helped me connect to an audience that I never thought would be possible. Thank you for your hard work and inspiration.

 

– MARIANNE MEYER
GALLERY ARTIST

“The Avenue Gallery is one of the best boutique galleries in the world. Heather and her team are my ‘go to gals’ when seeking art that brings the west coast alive in my home. They have a remarkable eye for emerging talent and an equally remarkable dedication to providing world class service, be it getting a painting to Johannesburg or a sculpture to London. I particularly appreciate their ability to keep an eye out for new pieces that appeal to my interests. I value my relationship with The Avenue Gallery and would not hesitate to recommend them to any collector of west coast art, be it for a few contemporary pieces for personal enjoyment or for more serious investments in Canadian art.”

 

– DR. DAVID J. BATE
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

I am so pleased to be represented by The Avenue Gallery. Heather and her team have created a wonderfully supportive environment to work within as an artist. I feel very confident in saying that both clients and artists are treated with an equal level of respect, and it’s a joy to be part of the gallery.

 

– MARY-JEAN BUTLER, SFCA
GALLERY ARTIST

“I do not live in Victoria or even in British Columbia, but visit at least two or three times a year.  My first port of call (after visiting the relatives) is always Oak Bay and in particular The Avenue Gallery. The Avenue Gallery is my favorite gallery on Vancouver Island, if not in the world. I love its wonderful collection of top quality British Columbian artists, not just painters, but jewelers, basket weavers, potters, sculptors, carvers and glass artists. The gallery is spacious and very well laid out giving every artist adequate room to display their work to advantage. I find visiting this gallery very uplifting and the staff informative and very friendly.”

 

– CAROLINE CARROLL

“My artistic muse has taken me on many side routes, some more viable than others. For the past seventeen years Heather has always been there to do coffee and gently nudge my spontaneity into practical avenues; it’s the kind of support few artists ever experience with a gallery and frankly, I wonder where I would be without the patient encouragement. The Avenue is an amazing success story because its backstory is about linking the artist to their community, and caring deeply for both.”

 

– PHILIP MIX
GALLERY ARTIST

“Our thanks to Heather, Catherine, Kathleen, and Amber for hosting a really pleasant show of Bi Yuan Cheng’s marvelous works. So nice to get better acquainted with each of you, Bi’s creative works, and the wine and cheese were top notch! The Avenue exudes a friendly ambiance – and so much artistic variety under one roof.”

 

– LORNA BUTLER
NORTH SAANICH, BC

“As an artist it is always a wonderful relief to find a reliable and honest gallery that will expose one’s work. The Avenue Gallery has, in my two year experience with it, been an absolute pleasure to deal with. Heather, Kathleen, Catherine, Barb, Carol-Ann and Claire have been very clear and prompt with their communication. Every time a piece sold I would get a cheerful message that a sale was made and the client was pleased! Payment is always on time and I am kept up-to-date with what their clientele is looking for or not. Although I have not been to the gallery in person yet, due to the large distance between us, I have absolute faith in their abilities as gallery owner and staff!”

 

–  DIETJE HAGEDOORN
GALLERY ARTIST 

“It has always been my privilege to tour your gallery and enjoy the artwork.  You and your entire staff always make me, and my sisters, feel so welcome – the experience is always a real treat.”

 

– DR. RICHARD CROW
VICTORIA, BC

“The Avenue Gallery was the first gallery to support me and my work. Their respectful, personal and considerate support has enabled my growth and engagement as a local sculptor. My local source material – Big Leaf Maple –  is a much loved medium for many professions and without the support of The Avenue Gallery I would not have been able to introduce it as sculptural medium to collectors who know have it homes across North America.”

 

– BRUCE EDMUNDSON
GALLERY ARTIST

“Being in The Avenue Gallery is an honour that not all achieve. I am one of the lucky artists who get to have their work on display in this beautiful space and represented by the wonderful and knowledgeable people who are dedicated to making everyone who enters welcomed and informed.”

 

– DOUGLAS J. FISHER
GALLERY ARTIST

“It’s time to tell you how much we appreciate your newsletter and website. Both are extremely well done which is a reflection of your gallery which we enjoy every time we come to Victoria. One of the highlights of every trip is visiting The Avenue Gallery and we pass this along to all of our friends. Keep it up!”

 

– JERRY & BARBARA WOODS
SALEM, OREGON

“Working with Heather and her team is a real joy! It is very important to me as an artist to have my work represented by people who are knowledgeable and caring. Thank you,  team!”

 

– SANDRA DOLPH
GALLERY ARTIST

“The Avenue Gallery is our favourite place to purchase original art. Heather and her team are very friendly and approachable, and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the artists’ work they represent. We always enjoy our gallery experience and treasure the amazing paintings we have acquired over the years.”

 

– DWAYNE & SHELLEY DYSON
OAK BAY, BC

Thrilled to be represented by The Avenue Gallery. Clients and artists can be assured of their professionalism. Love that their website is kept current as new works arrive and sales are posted as soon as they occur. And a timely newsletter also announces new arrivals. Truly appreciate how much they do to promote their artists.”

 

– LORNA DOCKSTADER, SFCA
GALLERY ARTIST

“The Avenue Gallery in Oak Bay is a forefront enterprise in an ever-increasing destination of all interested in art. There, beautifully displayed, is a worthy selection of excellent art pieces— represented passionately and honestly by the knowledgeable staff. Besides, it is always a fun place to visit.”

 

– BOB & ELEANOR DILTS
OAK BAY, BC

“A friendly, welcoming place, and no intimidating know-it-all staff! I can’t forget the experience of standing (second and third) in line on the Avenue in the early morning chill waiting for the doors to open for one of the earliest Small Works sales so my sister and I could come in and bring home the Parker paintings she wanted. What am I doing, I thought, I’m freezing! All well in the end, and bonus: Rob Owen’s “Arbutus” has a special place on our wall.”

 

– ANONYMOUS

“We have made several purchases at the Gallery—always something new in, lots of talented artists. The staff are knowledgeable and extremely friendly.”

 

– KEN & GAIL MANN
VICTORIA, BC

“How great it is to drop off my paintings – go for a coffee down the street and come back to find my work is already hanging in the front window! The immediate dedication and hands on response to showing my art  is so appreciated.”

 

– NIINA CHEBRY
GALLERY ARTIST

“We have been clients of the Avenue Gallery for the past eleven years. It continues to be one of our greatest pleasures to visit this gallery with its inspiring display of contemporary Canadian artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. Heather and her ever-helpful staff always greet us with a warm welcome, and there is invariably something new to entice and delight.”

 

– HUGH & YVONNE RORISON
OAK BAY, BC

“We have always enjoyed all of our dealings with Avenue Gallery. Over the past 10 years we have purchased numerous pieces of art that decorate our home from Avenue Gallery. Heather and her team are always great to deal with and seem to really enjoy and appreciate all of the beautiful items they have for sale in their Gallery. If you love art, local artists and beautiful creations like ourselves, going into The Avenue Gallery is always something we look forward to. We find the surroundings with all their wares inviting and breathtaking. Heather and her team always seem to know the artist and the art on a personal level, and have a lot of knowledge and contacts in this field. The Avenue Gallery is where we look when we think of beautiful art, unique jewellery, and a great place to view some of the best local and non-local artists in and around Victoria.”

 

– JIM & BONNIE 
VICTORIA, BC

“We have dealt with The Avenue Gallery for quite some time. Through them we have been introduced to artists previously unknown to us who have since become favourites. As we walk through our home and business we receive the pleasure of a few works from these artists continually, and for that we are grateful.”

 

– DON & CAROLE CHALMERS
VICTORIA, BC

The Avenue Gallery encourages their artists to present their best work. Their feedback is very helpful; therefore motivating. Heather and her staff are always very friendly. In a word, my impression of The Avenue Gallery is “professional”. I am very happy to be a part of The Avenue Gallery.”

 

– EUNMI CONACHER, BFA, AFCA
GALLERY ARTIST

“I bought my first painting from The Avenue Gallery in 2004: “Over the Bridge” by Russ Willms. Soon others from his “bird collection” followed, and over the next 10 years, 91 (yes, 91) others by 31 outstanding artists covered all my walls, and then some. I stood outside in December every year for their Small Sale but it was fun and well worth it. You always get a warm smile and greeting from the very knowledgeable sales ladies, never any pressure, just friendliness. It is a perfect place to treat yourself to something special to enjoy.”

 

– ANONYMOUS

“I’ve always considered The Avenue Gallery to be an important part of the Oak Bay Village community. Whether you are dropping in to contemplate purchasing a piece, or just stopping by to have a look, the girls are always welcoming, informative, and just absolutely lovely.”

 

– DR. JUDY CALDWELL
OAK BAY, BC

“A changing era. After a lifetime of carving, I am laying down my hammer and chisels. One can never “retire” from the creative process, simply alter its direction (and slow production). 1973 was the beginning of my carving career. My work has found homes all around the globe. I’ve been fortunate to have Heather represent my sculpture ever since I moved to Vancouver Island in 1990. Heather has pooled a wonderful group of talent in The Avenue Gallery and I have been very happy exhibiting with her. My final four large sculptures are still available over the summer before they come to my studio. All are looking for a new loving home where they can shine. Thank you Heather and The Avenue Gallery.”

 

– NANCY STREET
GALLERY ARTIST