Artists have long been drawn to the Robson Valley for its unlimited inspiration – here’s where you can find your own artistic inspiration.
Come on in
You can feel it in the air as you walk through our quiet village streets and you can see it in the windows of the shops that line the downtown core. While known for the snow that blankets our mountains in winter and the enviable hiking trails that have drawn generations of explorers, Valemount is also known as a hub of creativity, chock full of artisans drawn to the Robson Valley by its breathtaking views and ample inspiration.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet moment in a local café, listening to tunes supplied by a local musician, or you’re on a mission — intent on finding something unique to bring home to signify your vacation to the valley, you’ll find it here. So enjoy discovering the exceptional creativity at work in Valemount speak to the artists and come away with some inspiration of your own.
Valemount Farmer’s Market – July to September
Fresh, local, wholesome. Winding through the vendor’s stalls, selecting from produce that was hand picked mere hours before — it just feels right, and it tastes even better. The Valemount Farmer’s Market offers so much more than just locally grown fruits and vegetables. Every Thursday afternoon from July through September in the parking lot at the Visitor Centre you’ll find local artisans and you’ll be delighted by the variety of unique items produced in our valley. Whether it’s a pie to take home for supper, a jar of fresh preserves, or an intricate piece of jewellery — you never know what you’ll find at our market, but the fun is in the discovery.
The Gathering Tree Eatery & Gift Shop
Handcrafted artisans goods are encased by the tantalizing smells wafting from the kitchen of the Gathering Tree. Come in and order a specialty coffee and browse through the collections of handmade books, crystals and jewellery on display and for sale. Stop in and order a generous lunch. Sink into the Coconut Curry Panini and relish the cuisine, the community and the company.
Photography by Paul Johnson
While some people are fortunate enough to find something they love and make it into a career, Paul Johnson had to wait until retirement before embracing his love of photography. Johnson is known throughout the Valley for capturing life’s most important events — his images grace walls and photo albums throughout the region. The long-time resident is inspired by people, but also by his first love — nature — and spends as much time as possible capturing the stunning images available around every turn in Valemount. Find samples of his work at The Trading Post.
The Mountain Driftwood Gallery
Artist Bonnie Marklund is never short of inspiration. The long-time Valemount resident opens her home-based gallery to area visitors, and can be spotted at the Trading Post as well as at the Visitor Centre in summer. Stunning mountain renderings and simple leaves are captured on Marklund’s canvas, receiving acclaim from far and wide. Along with contemporary artworks, Marklund is happy to paint almost any surface and is also available for custom work and murals.
Luke Hedberg, Wood Turner
Those with an untrained eye might see an old wooden burl — the cause of a tree’s demise, a knotted odd looking protrusion. But for Luke Hedberg, he sees possibility and he envisions and creates beauty where there was none. In his studio north of the village of Valemount, Hedberg turns natural burls into things of incredible beauty. Follow the blue artisan signs to Hedberg’s studio where you’ll find bowls and artwork that will be passed down through generations.
Just Earth Pottery
Tucked away in the heart of the village find Bryan Hannis, hard at work in his studio creating art that is as functional as it is beautiful. The wood and gas-fired stoneware and artistic pieces are reflective of the artist’s natural surroundings. Hannis’ work is known throughout the Robson Valley for it’s beauty, practicality and durability.