Banff, Alberta, nestled in the Banff National Park, is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. Just about an hour and a half away from Calgary, this resort town is known for its majestic mountainous surroundings, soothing hot springs and exhilarating outdoor activities. The city of Banff was founded in 1885 and was named after Canadian Pacific Railway president, George Stephen’s birthplace of Banffshire, Scotland. In 1985, Banff National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noting its special culture and physical significance, Banff is also known as a vibrant community of artists that truly celebrate heritage, culture and creativity in the art galleries in Banff.
The Canada House Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary on May 24, 2014. The gallery is owned and operated by Eric and Barbara Pelham. As an active ADAC member, the gallery represents 50 painters, 15 sculptors and numerous Inuit artists from Cape Dorset. The Canada House Gallery hosts nearly 1000 original art pieces. They have a long-term, enthusiastic, professional staff that run regular exhibits and cultivate relationships with artists and patrons. The gallery is open everyday, except on Christmas Day, and is located at 201 Bear St., Banff, Alberta T1L 1B5, phone: 1-800-419-1298.
Mountain Galleries is one of the largest commercial galleries in Western Canada with three locations in Banff, Jasper and Whistler Resort. The gallery was established in 1992 by artist/filmmaker Wendy Wacko, who, along with a dedicated staff, represent major and mid-career artists. With over 20 years in existence, Mountain Galleries upholds its mission to support and promote Canadian artists. They recently created an “artist in residence program” for its three locations. The gallery represents the artists and provides them with a studio space and accommodations during residency.