With unique heritage buildings framed against the background of snowy mountains, the historic town of Wells is an art lover’s delight. Whether you are looking to spend a day browsing through galleries or a week taking lessons from one of the many artisans who make the community their home base, Wells offers an artistic experience like no other.
The Wells Museum was opened in 1974 in the building that used to be the Miners Union Hall on Pooley Street. In the 1990s, it became apparent that a new building was needed. The old Island Mountain Mine office was purchased by the Wells Historical Society. It was beautifully restored and renovated and was officially opened in the summer of 1999.
Collection: Artifacts relating to the second Cariboo gold rush, 1930-1967, and the building of Wells by the Cariboo Gold Quartz, household effects, mining and assaying, logging and transportation, medical and dental, archival material related to Cariboo Gold Quartz.
Admission: by donation.
Hours: phone for hours
Location: Yellow Building at the end of Pooley Street, Wells, BC, Canada
Amazing Space Studio and Gallery
Claire Kujundzic and Bill Horne have transformed a 1930s church into a gallery for their original art.
With unique silk screening, original painting, cards and a variety of other art for sale, the Amazing Space Studio and Gallery is one of the highlights of a visit to the Wells, Barkerville, Bowron Lakes area.
Contact Claire or Bill at 250-994-2332 for hours.
Island Mountain Arts
Island Mountain Arts has been providing artistic experiences for artists of all ages since 1977. Island Mountain Arts provides year- round workshops, seminars, exhibitions and concerts in Wells, BC, and is also home to a gallery and gift shop.
Island Mountain Arts has a number of unique and stimulating courses planned, including courses in creative writing, beginning watercolour, drawing, singing, children’s harp and more.
It is also the home of the Artswells Festival, stage music and art festival held every August long weekend.
St. George Gallery
After undergoing some repairs and renovations, the St. George Gallery is open for the summer season! Be sure to head up onto the crescent to explore the arts and crafts on display and for sale in the historic 1930s church.
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm or by appointment.
Please call 250-994-3525 for full details.